Ireland moves to Phase 2 of ‘accelerated’ Roadmap for Reopening Society…

first_imgCovid antibody testing opens to public at Shannon Airport Previous articleLimerick Black Lives Matter protest moves onlineNext articleUL researchers develop technology for selection of best quality sperm for use in human reproduction techniques Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] Linkedin Twitter Advertisement NewsHealthPoliticsIreland moves to Phase 2 of ‘accelerated’ Roadmap for Reopening Society and BusinessBy Cian Reinhardt – June 6, 2020 272 Government announces phased easing of public health restrictions Email Facebook Printcenter_img ‘Everything tells us we are moving forward’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Institute of Public Health addresses loneliness as a challenge to national health in light of Covid-19 restrictions WhatsApp TAGSCoronavirusCovid 19IrelandLimerick City and CountyNational Coronavirus | freepik.comTHIS Monday, the nation is set to enter ‘Phase 2 plus’ of the easing of lockdown restrictions following an announcement by An Taoiseach that the lifting of restrictions are to be accelerated.Speaking on Friday, June 5, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed the country would move to Phase 2 of the plan to reopen the country following restrictions in place due to the spread of COVID-19.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Some of the changes to restrictions include an increased distance of travel, with people now permitted to travel 20km from their home, or anywhere in their county, whichever is the greater distance. People can also meet in groups of up to six both indoors or outdoors, one social distancing can still be observed.Phase two will also see retail stores reopen but with opening times staggered “to relieve pressure on public transport”.Mr Varadkar said, “This has been made possible by the considerable sacrifices you have made to restrict the spread of the virus and protect each other.“Thanks to your perseverance in pushing back COVID-19 I am announcing an acceleration of the Roadmap. Over the last few months, fear has exerted a kind of gravity pulling us down, but now we find there is hope lifting us up again.”An Taoiseach acknowledged “we have suffered as a country” during the COVID-19 emergency, “lost loved ones, and changed the way we work and live”.“We are making progress,” he said, continuing, “We are heading in the right direction.   And we have earned the right to be hopeful about the future.”In what was originally five phases which were originally announced, the accelerated roadmap will now see just a four-phase approach, with Phase 4 now aimed for July 20.“Further work will be carried out in the coming days and weeks to determine which actions will take place in each phase,” said An Taoiseach, “Some measures such as bans on mass gatherings may need to remain in place well into August as will public health advice around hygiene and physical distancing.”Under Phase 2, from Monday June 8, the following changes will come into effect:You can travel within your own county, or up to 20 km from your home, whichever is greater. These travel limits will be lifted from the end of June.Groups of up to 6 people will be able to interact with each other indoors or outdoors, once they keep at least 2m apart.  Groups of up to 15 will be able to meet for outdoor sporting activities.For those who are over 70 or medically vulnerable, it will be possible to welcome a small number of visitors into your home, with physical distancing observed.Shops will also provide dedicated hours for those who are over 70 or in an at risk group.All retail stores can reopen, but opening times will be staggered to relieve pressure on public transport.  You are encouraged to shop locally, shop safely and support businesses in your community.Up to 25 people will be allowed to attend funerals of loved ones.Public libraries will commence re-opening.Playgrounds can reopen from Monday, and outdoor camps for children can also be run, once there are no more than 15 people involved.Certain types of elite sports training will also be possible.More people will be able to return to work, including all those who work on their own or whose work can be done safely while staying 2m apart from others. Working from home should remain the norm for those who can do so.Marts can re-open and greyhound racing can resume without spectators. Mass COVID testing to take place at University of Limerick following fresh outbreak of virus among student population Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region last_img read more

Lown, ProCor grant Heart Hero Award

first_imgProCor, a global communication program promoting heart health founded by Harvard School of Public Health Professor of Cardiology Emeritus Bernard Lown, has awarded the Louise Lown Heart Hero Award to the Kenyan-Heart National Foundation’s (KHNF) rheumatic heart disease (RHD) prevention program. Through local initiatives and outreach efforts, the KHNF teaches thousands of people every year how to prevent RHD.The annual award recognizes innovative, preventive approaches to cardiovascular health in developing countries. The award was established in 2007 by Lown, an internationally renowned cardiologist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, to honor his wife, Louise, and her lifelong commitment to the well-being of others as a social worker, activist, and writer.For more information.last_img read more

Rafael Nadal made to sweat, Novak Djokovic has it easy

first_imgPERTH: World number one Rafael Nadal won a battle of attrition against fellow left-hander Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan 7-6(4), 6-4 to seal Spain’s spot in the final eight of the inaugural ATP Cup in Perth on Wednesday.Meanwhile his long-time rival, world number two Novak Djokovic, had an easier outing in Brisbane, strolling past Chile’s Cristian Garin 6-3, 6-3 to stay undefeated in the new year and to ensure Serbia will travel to Sydney for the knockouts having won all three of their ties.Nadal had to twice fight back from a break down against the Japanese world number 72 in the opening set before winning the tiebreaker while the Spaniard broke his opponent’s serve to go up 5-4 in the second before holding serve for victory.”It’s the first day I was playing under such heavy conditions, two previous days I had played in the night. The feeling on court was completely different,” Nadal said in an on-court interview.”I played against an opponent who started the season on fire, winning two matches against two great players with very comfortable results. Today was a very, very tough one.”It was Nadal’s third singles win in the $15 million ATP Cup, which features 24 nations competing in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney over 10 days.All six group winners and the two best second-placed teams will advance to the final eight stage in Sydney. Besides hosts Australia, Serbia, Britain, Russia and Spain have qualified.Garin broke Djokovic in the second set to go up 3-1 but it seemed to bruise the seven-times Australian Open winner’s ego as he won the next five games to complete victory.”Sydney’s got a big Serbian community, hopefully the support can be as good as it was here, even better,” Djokovic said.Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz also picked up his third singles win of the tournament with an upset 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(5) win over world number four Dominic Thiem of Austria in Sydney.It was the second loss in the new season for Thiem, who also lost to Croatia’s Borna Coric in his opening match. AgenciesAlso Read: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal calls for the merger of ATP Cup, Davis Cup Also Watch: United Workmen Union at Guwahati Refinery stage protest against BJP-Govt over CAA 2019last_img read more