In healthcare this
week, Simon Harris claims we need more measures to ‘toughen up’ on self-isolation
people entering the country, there has been a dramatic increase in admission to
Dublin mental hospital and pub outdoor areas should be non-smoking zones when bars
eventually re-open. Additionally, the Taoiseach hopes it will be possible for
grandparents to visit and hug their children over the summer and Chief of French
Pharma company under fire for saying the US gets priority access to Covid-19
“I do think we need to take further measures to toughen up at our airports and ports,” Harris told this morning. Currently, any person who enters Ireland from overseas is required to self-isolate for two weeks. This is the longest potential incubation period for Covid-19. This rule also applies to Irish citizens returning home.
“We have already seen a significant increase in admissions relating to intense pressure that Covid-19 restrictions are placing on people. In the past month alone, half of admissions to the hospital have been specifically related to the impact of these restrictions,” said Emma Balmaine, chief executive of the hospital.
If outdoor areas are to be used to facilitate social distancing when bars open up again, then smoking should be prohibited from all areas of all pubs when they reopen – said Minister for Health, chair of the policy group Professor Des Cox
When asked if grandparents will be able to visit and hug their grandchildren this summer, he said: “I think those things, assuming everything else goes in right direction will be possible over the course of the summer but won’t be among the actions being announced for Monday”.
From Monday, phase one of the Government’s roadmap for reopening society and business is scheduled to come into effect. However, this is dependent on medical advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) who are meeting on Thursday. Cabinet will decide on Friday based on this advice.
The French Government has rounded on homegrown pharmaceutical giant Sanofi today after its CEO said a potential COVID-19 vaccine would go to the United States first.