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‘We have tipped too much into blaming others’ says Holohan as Clare has less than 5 new COVID-19 cases

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Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer has said the country is over-focussed on blaming individuals for breaching guidelines while less than five new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Co Clare.

Speaking at Monday evening’s Department of Health press briefing, Dr Tony Holohan stated that “the blame-orientated response” that has developed in Ireland is “not appropriate”. He believed that instances of people blaming other members of the public was beginning too common.

“We have tipped too much as a country into a sense of blame and trying to find the latest person to have breached a guideline and trying to find the next lamppost to hang that person from,” the Chief Medical Officer commented.

In Co Clare, there are less than five new cases notified to health officials in the data provided on Monday evening. There have been 106 new cases over the past 14 days in the county while the 14 day incidence rate per 100k of the population stands at 85.8 which is safely below the national rate of 108.7.

Nationally, 252 new cases are known. Of these 88 are in Dublin, 26 in Cork, 21 in Kilkenny, 16 in Louth, 16 in Mayo with 85 spread across another 20 counties.

There has been no increase in deaths. Since the emergence of the virus in the country, 2,022 persons have died. One death has been de-notified.

Dr Holohan outlined that the 7 day incidence rate in Ireland is “static”. A 40 percent drop in the 14 day incidence rate over the past two weeks has been observed. Amarach research has noted the worry levels amongst the public have dropped to July levels, “there is a change in the underlying concern in the population overall,” he said.

Uptake of the flu vaccine among children is “only” at 20 percent, Dr Siobhán Ní Bhriain, Consultant Psychiatrist and HSE Integrated Care Lead highlighted.

Over the past 14 days, there have been 40 outbreaks linked to workplaces, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn detailed. He said there are currently 121 active workplace outbreaks and 14 active outbreaks linked to sport and fitness.

Dr Holohan outlined that the 7 day incidence rate in Ireland is “static”. A 40 percent drop in the 14 day incidence rate over the past two weeks has been observed. Amarach research has noted the worry levels amongst the public have dropped to July levels, “there is a change in the underlying concern in the population overall,” he said.

Uptake of the flu vaccine among children is “only” at 20 percent, Dr Siobhán Ní Bhriain, Consultant Psychiatrist and HSE Integrated Care Lead highlighted.

Over the past 14 days, there have been 40 outbreaks linked to workplaces, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn detailed. He said there are currently 121 active workplace outbreaks and 14 active outbreaks linked to sport and fitness.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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