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Ireland's daily cases below 100 for sixth day in a row - Belfast Telegraph
The Republic's tally of daily new coronavirus cases fell below 100 for a sixth day in a row yesterday.
The Republic's tally of daily new coronavirus cases fell below 100 for a sixth day in a row yesterday. Senior medics praised the vast majority of the public for following social distancing advice. Recent accounts and images have shown packed beaches near Dublin as Ireland eases its lockdown restrictions. The professor modelling the virus's spread for the state, Philip Nolan, said: "I remain hopeful that we can keep this up and keep the virus suppressed." He said that was not based on any calculation of statistics. "That is an expression of faith in humanity." The Republic's rate of spread is at around 0.5 per infected person. The aim is to keep it below one to stop the virus transmitting exponentially. The death toll rose to 1,583 yesterday after a further 12 deaths were announced by the National Public Health Emergency Team. There were 76 new confirmed cases of the infection, bringing the total since the outbreak began in Ireland to 24,391. Dr Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical officer at Ireland's Department of Health, said they had experienced six consecutive days of under 100 new confirmed cases in Ireland. "This is very positive and demonstrates the extent to which the public's actions have limited the spread of this disease." Belfast Telegraph
Coronavirus: Daughter's 'heartbreak and nightmare' after both her parents pass away - Belfast Telegraph
A north Belfast family have expressed their anguish after both parents died within three days of each other after contracting Covid-19.
A north Belfast family have expressed their anguish after both parents died within three days of each other after contracting Covid-19. Ignatius O'Connell (89) died on April 14. His wife Mary (86) also passed away at their Strathmore Park home on April 17. Mr O'Connell was the first lay principal of St Mary's University College, while Mrs O'Connell was a former teacher and award-winning water-colourist. The couple would have been married 60 years this year after they met in the 1950s while teaching in Ballycastle. They had two children. Speaking to The Irish News, their daughter Bronagh said their deaths were "just the nightmare of Covid-19". "One week we have our mummy and daddy and the next, within three days, we have nobody because of this disease," said the community midwife, who was diagnosed with coronavirus the day after her father's death. Mr O'Connell, who had Alzheimer's, and his wife, who had survived cancer three times, fell sick within days of each other. It was initially believed they had chest infections. Despite being treated with oxygen in his home, Mr O'Connell died at 7am on April 14. Mrs O'Connell's death came at 7pm on April 17. They were laid to rest together on Monday in the village of Carrigart in Co Donegal where they enjoyed many summers together. "We are living in a bubble at the moment," continued Bronagh. "We went into their house the other day and the peace I felt when I sat in my daddy's chair, there was a serenity. "It was nearly as if all their health issues and pains and all my daddy's mental torment had all gone. "The thing that makes me very sad is that my parents were such wonderful people and nobody had a chance to tell us the stories that we want to hear or show their respects. "It is heartbreaking. We are completely numb." She added: "I look at people who are so dismissive of the guidelines. Look what we are living now. No mummy. No daddy. They are gone completely. "There is a whole generation of our family gone in three days. The void will never be filled again." Belfast Telegraph