Gardaí fine 100 people at house party as Nphet announce 473 new Covid cases and 34 deaths

Almost 20,000 fines have been issued by gardaí for Covid-19 breaches to date
Gardaí fine 100 people at house party as Nphet announce 473 new Covid cases and 34 deaths

Gardaí continue to discover large numbers attending social gatherings, particularly at house parties.

There have been 34 further Covid-19 related deaths confirmed by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet), as the acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO) warns those who were exposed to the virus over Easter is at their "most infectious."

“Anyone exposed to Covid-19 over the Easter weekend will now be at their most infectious - please isolate and contact your GP to arrange a test if you have any symptoms of Covid-19," Dr Ronan Glynn said.

Of the deaths reported today three occurred in April, four occurred in March, 19 deaths occurred in February, five occurred in January, and another three deaths occurred in December or earlier last year.

The median age of those who died was 81, and the age range was from 33 - 96 years.

The number of deaths related to coronavirus now stands at 4,769.

Another 473 cases of the coronavirus were also confirmed this evening. There is now a total of 240,192 confirmed cases of the virus in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 224 are men 
  • 247 are women 
  • 76% are under 45
  • The median age is 29 years old

Just under half of today's cases are from Dublin with 229 cases, followed by Kildare with 32 cases, Mayo with 21 cases, 19 in Meath, 30 in Donegal and the remaining 142 cases are spread across 19 other counties.

961,887 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland as of April 6. Of those, 679,844 people have received their first jab and 282,043 people have received their second dose.

House parties are still rampant, gardaí say

Gardaí discovered a house party with up to 100 people in attendance in a blatant breach of Covid-19 restrictions.

New data issued by An Garda Síochána shows more than 3,300 fines have been handed out to people attending or organising house parties to date.

Overall, 19,865 fines have been issued for breaking Covid-19 restrictions.

As of April 8, the following number of fines have been issued by gardaí:

  • 3,972 €100 fines for non-essential travel  
  • 1,046 €500 fines for non-essential journeys to airports/ports – the total number of €100 and €500 fines for non-essential journeys to airports/ports is 1,421  
  • 675 €500 fines for organising a house party 
  • 2,666 €150 fines for attending a house party 
  • 337 fines of €80 each for not wearing a face-covering 
  • 377 fines of €100 for non-essential travel by persons not ordinarily resident in the State

Speaking today, Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, Anne Marie McMahon said that the “vast majority” are following public health advice, however, gardaí are still seeing a high volume of large social gatherings.

“Going to such gatherings puts yourself, your loved ones, and everyone else you come into contact with after of getting Covid-19,” she said.

"The best way of keeping safe this weekend is to stay home. If you are going out, please stay within your 5km, limit your contacts with others, maintain social distancing, and regularly wash your hands.”

J&J vaccine under review

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has started a review to assess reported blood clots in people who have received Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) Covid-19 vaccine.

The EU medicine’s regulator said its safety committee "has started a review of a safety signal to assess reports of thromboembolic events" after reports of four cases, one of them fatal.

"Four serious cases of unusual blood clots with low blood platelets have been reported post-vaccination with Covid-19 Vaccine Janssen," the EMA said.

Although the European medicine’s watchdog has approved the single-shot J&J vaccine, it has not been rolled out in the bloc yet.

Ireland is due to receive the first batch of J&J vaccines around April 19, and approximately 600,000 doses are due to be delivered to the country before the end of June.

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