Ireland's daily cases below 100 for sixth day in a
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
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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
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Pro14 confirms sale of 28% stake to CVC - RTE.ie
Private equity firm CVC has bought a 28% share of the Guinness Pro14, which the IRFU says will be worth over €30 million to the union over the next three years.
The Guinness Pro14 has confirmed that it has entered into partnership with CVC Capital Partners. The long-mooted deal sees the private equity and investment advisory firm take a 28% share of the Pro14 from Celtic Rugby DAC. In 2018 CVC acquired a 27% stake in Premiership Rugby, England's top flight league. The Irish Rugby Football Union has welcomed the announcement. Its CEO Philip Browne said it was worth around €33 million (net of costs) to the union over the next three years with a payment of over €5.5m due today. Browne, who revealed that they are facing losses of between €15-20m should the remaining 2020 Six Nations and November Tests be cancelled, said: "The announcement of CVC's investment in the Guinness Pro14 League is very positive news, not just for the financial benefits it brings, but, almost as importantly at this time, for the confidence it shows in the Pro14 tournament and the game of rugby in general." The union hope professional rugby will return by the end of August. The hope is there will be a series of derbies within the five countries that make up the Guinness Pro14. The weekend of 23-24 August is when the league hopes to resume. It also plans to hold play-offs and a final. He said the expectation is that new Pro 14 season would begin in early October. All of these proposals will be part of Irish Rugby's return to sport proposals, which will require government approval. A statement from the Pro14 about the CVC partnership said: "The partnership commitment will allow both Pro14 Rugby and the Irish, Italian, Scottish and Welsh rugby unions to continue to invest in the sport, both professional and amateur, to achieve its potential over the long term. "A portion of the investment will also be held centrally at Pro14 Rugby, for the Board to invest in further capabilities for the business and in upgrading league operations in line with its growth ambitions. "As part of this agreement, the Federazione Italiana Rugby (FIR), will also become a member of Celtic Rugby DAC, and receive a share of the investment. "Martin Anayi, CEO, will continue to lead the management team at Pro14 Rugby, working closely with CVC and the unions on execution of the commercial plan. "The unions will also remain independently responsible for the sporting and regulatory elements of the league, via the Sporting & Regulatory Committee." Anayi said: "We have been clear that we believe the Guinness Pro14 is a world-class club league, that is still in its growth phase and we are confident that it will become a major standard bearer in our sport. "We are excited that CVC clearly shares that ambition and we look forward to working with them to deliver on the league's promise in the years ahead."
Coronavirus Ireland Live Updates: public warned there is no protection if virus picks up speed - Independent.ie
Follow the latest coronavirus news in Ireland and across the world on the Independent.ie live blog.
Follow the latest coronavirus news in Ireland and across the world on the Independent.ie live blog. 1:00 22/05/2020 Over-65s account for 90 pc of coronavirus deaths recorded in Ireland Aine McMahon, PA Those aged over 65 make up 90% of Covid-19 related deaths, according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO). The CSO published a detailed breakdown of Covid-19 deaths and cases in Ireland on Friday. It found almost 92% of Covid-19 deaths were among the over 65s up to May 15. This older age group also accounted for more than 26% of all confirmed cases of the virus. 12:10 22/05/2020 Coronavirus accelerates across Latin America, India and Russia Lori Hinnant, Sheikh Saaliq and David Biller, Associated Press The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated across Latin America, Russia and the Indian subcontinent even as curves flattened and reopening was under way in much of Europe, Asia and the US. Many governments say they have to shift their focus to saving jobs that are vanishing as quickly as the virus can spread. In the US and China, the worlds two largest economies, unemployment is soaring. The US Federal Reserve chairman has estimated that up to one American in four could be jobless, while in China analysts estimate around a third of the urban workforce is unemployed. But the virus is roaring through countries ill-equipped to handle the pandemic, which many scientists fear will cause a second global wave. 10:30 22/05/2020 More than 100 very obese patients are hospitalised with coronavirus Eilish O'Regan Some 101 people classed as extremely obese have been hospitalised with coronavirus, 63 of whom had to be treated in intensive care, a new analysis reveals. The report looked at the pre-existing conditions of 16,064 people who contracted the virus up to the middle of this month. Overall, 230 of those diagnosed with the infection were reported to have a body mass index (BMI) over 40, which is classed as extremely obese. 9:20 22/05/2020 Some 54,000 face being stranded - as Dublin transport headache is laid bare Caroline O'Doherty Dublin is facing a major transport headache as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted over the coming months, unless many workers continue to stay at home. City authorities are banking on a doubling of the numbers walking to work, and a tripling of cyclists to ease the problems associated with social distancing on public transport. But even then, the city will only have transport solutions for 75pc of people who normally commute into or through the city centre, leaving around 54,000 people stranded. 8:25 22/05/2020 UK borrowing soars, retail sales plunge as Covid-19 hits economy Independent.ie Business Desk Britain's government borrowed more than it has done in any month on record in April, pushing up a measure of public debt to close to 100pc of economic output, and retail sales fell by a record 18pc as the coronavirus crisis hammered the economy. April's borrowing at £62.1bn was six times higher than in the same month last year and March's figure was revised up sharply to nearly £15bn as the government's emergency job retention scheme kicked in. 7:15 22/05/2020 China boosts spending for virus-hit economy Joe McDonald, Associated Press Chinas top economic official on Friday promised higher spending to revive its pandemic-stricken economy and curb surging job losses but steered clear of launching a massive stimulus on the scale of the United States. Premier Li Keqiang, in a speech to legislators, said Beijing would set no economic growth target, usually a closely watched feature of government plans, in order to focus on fighting the outbreak. The battle against the virus has not yet come to an end, Mr Li warned. 7:10 22/05/2020 Nursing homes asked to take in patients without negative swab Catherine Fegan and Cormac McQuinn Nursing homes are being asked to accept patients from acute hospitals without a negative swab for coronavirus. In the absence of a swab to show the hospital transfers have tested negative, the homes are being advised "wherever possible" to isolate the patients in a single room for two weeks. In correspondence seen by the Irish Independent, a consultant in one Dublin Hospital told a colleague to inform nursing home operators that negative swabs are only required for "post-Covid patients". 07:00 22/05/2020 Public warned there is no protection if virus picks up speed as just 1pc of population may have been exposed Eilish O'Regan As few as 50,000 people - just 1pc of the population - may have been infected by the coronavirus, leaving the nation with low immunity and at risk of a second wave if rules are not followed. The warning was issued yesterday by Prof Philip Nolan of Maynooth University who is leading a team tracking the spread of the virus in the Republic. Another 12 deaths and 76 cases of the virus were announced yesterday, showing the spread of the infection is continuing to fall. Online Editors