250 more public health staff to be hired

There is new plans to hire 250 more public health staff in Ireland. Public health experts job is to investigate and control diseases within the country including coronavrius.

In a report by RTE, there is currently 254 public health experts working across the country, meaning the number will double in the coming weeks and months.

It is expected that Minster for Health, Stephen Donnelly will tell the Oireachtas Committee on COVID-19 Response today that recruitment for the new 250 public health staff will get under way in the coming weeks.

70 recent Covid cases in Cork associated with pubs and restaurants – Acting CMO

Ireland’s Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn has confirmed that 70 recent cases in Cork have been associated with pubs and restaurants.

Speaking in last night’s National Public Health Emergency Team briefing, Dr Glynn said “In Cork there’s been about 70 cases associated with pubs and restaurants over the last couple of weeks.

That’s in the context of 350 cases in Cork over the last fortnight so it’s a portion, but it does point to the fact that there are certain settings that are high risk.”

He also confirmed there has been a big increase in cases in the counties of Monaghan and Roscommon.