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

Four presumed dead in emergency flight crash.

first_img Share Share Tweet NewsRegional Four presumed dead in emergency flight crash. by: – May 8, 2012 Sharing is caring!center_img Share 60 Views   no discussions plane_news.caribseek.comMARIGOT, St Martin – A medical emergency flight crashed shortly after departing L’Éspérance Airport in Grand Case early Saturday morning, presumably killing all four aboard: a honeymooning cruise ship passenger from Cyprus who suffered heart trouble, a nurse, a doctor and the pilot.The plane was carrying the patient identified as Panagiotis Vryonides of Nicosia, Cyprus, around 30 years old, to Martinique for specialised cardiac care.The doctor was identified as Jean-Michel Dudouit and the nurse as Gerard Omere, both of Pierre Zobda Quitman University Hospital Centre in Fort-de-France. The pilot of the ill-fated air ambulance has been identified as Bruno Le Jeune.According to the Associated Press (AP), a diplomat from Cyprus’ embassy in Washington D.C. will travel to Martinique, where Vryonides’ wife is located, to offer support.The Piper Cheyenne III, owned by Transports Aériens Intercaraïbes (TAI), crashed four minutes after takeoff from L’Éspérance Airport. The AP reported that Martinique officials had said they originally had sent another plane that experienced mechanical problems on arriving at Princess Juliana International Airport in St. Maarten and it had been replaced by the plane that crashed.Préfet Délégué Phillipe Chopin said French Civil Aviation representatives had arrived in St. Martin on Sunday to begin the investigation into the cause of the accident. He also has issued orders preventing travel to Tintamarre to safeguard debris/evidence from trophy seekers.The Préfet also is dealing with reports that the aircraft was not suitable to execute medivacs, considering a decision taken by his predecessor to disallow the transport of patients from Louis Constant Fleming Hospital using the aircraft in question. Reportedly TAI only transports patients who pay for private air evacuation.Emergency search operations are being executed by Dutch and French authorities. According to St. Maarten Sea Rescue Foundation, which took part in the search operations, debris found consisted not only of material debris from the airplane, but also what appeared to be human remains were taken aboard the rescue vessels and later handed over to the French authorities.The two Sea Rescue Foundation vessels, Rescue 01 and Rescue 02, were accompanied by the French rescue boat SNS 129 and quickly determined a search pattern that led them toward St. Barths.The two-man crew on Recue 01 talked to some local fishermen who were out as well, but they reportedly did not see anything that could help in finding the direction in which the plane was going.“At daybreak a French authority’s rescue helicopter found some debris between St. Maarten and Tintamarre Island,” a release from the Sea Rescue Foundation read. “The rescue crew then knew what direction the debris was going in and went there to assist the French Gendarmes and Customs that were also looking for survivors. A Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard airplane also joined the search and went on looking for survivors or any other leads to the fate of the airplane.“Most of the small debris particles were found in a trail of seaweed floating close to Tintamarre Island and the rescue vessels had to proceed with caution to try and pick up the debris without causing more damage for research purposes. Quickly it was learned that the debris found did not only consist of material debris from the airplane, but remains that appeared to be human were also taken aboard the Rescue vessels and later handed to the French authorities.”The Sea Rescue Foundation added that a French military helicopter that also joined the search operation had found large debris on the ocean floor around 8:00am Saturday and the French authorities had gone to the location with divers, assisted by the three rescue vessels.“The search continued for some time, hoping to still find survivors, but was eventually called off by the Rescue Coordination centre,” the Sea Rescue Foundation said.Carib Seek Newslast_img read more