COVID-19: Three Further Deaths And Six New Cases Anounced

Elias Hubbard
July 3, 2020

Three more COVID-19 patients have died and six new cases have been confirmed.

Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs now advises against any non-essential overseas travel, a sentiment which has been shared by Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan.

"Especially if that travel is to a country where there is significantly more cases than we have in Ireland".

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre report for 28 June showed that there were 728 cases in private houses compared to 390 on 21 June.

"During this phase, the government advice is still to avoid non-essential travel".

"There is a real concern that the public health experts have about a second wave if we see a big increase in foreign travel", Mr Donnelly told the programme.

Yesterday Dr Tony Holohan appealed to people with foreign holidays planned to cancel their flight and hotel bookings.

"We are acutely aware of this, and we would ask you to bear with us".

"The worldwide situation was always quite volatile but has become increasingly volatile in the last few weeks", he added.

There are calls for the Government to make a clear decision on whether the Irish public can travel overseas or not this summer.

Ryanair Holdings PLC is operating 40% of its schedule across Europe from Wednesday and the government is due to release a "green list" of countries deemed safe to travel to.

Separately, pubs that sell food, restaurants, and hairdressers have all been allowed reopen this week.

There was no breakdown of figures for Laois and other counties this evening.

Professor Paddy Mallon, Professor of Microbial Diseases in St Vincent's Hospital Dublin, said it is not only a risk to people who travel but also a risk to Ireland.

"If you feel a business is too crowded or is not applying the guidelines properly, you should leave. Trust your instincts. Don't go in or leave". And we want to be able to continue on that journey.

However, with no obvious scheme in place to ensure that the public get their money back, can we really expect everyone to follow this advice?

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