Another Nursing Home Covid-19 Outbreak; at least this time, they have Locked Down, this will Save Vulnerable Lives? The Scandal of Irish Nursing Homes during Covid-19, has not even commenced yet. Question is effectiveness of the vaccines: Is it 6 months as mooted in the media and if so what does this mean for people who are vulnerable? Is it Booster time now and going forward ie if vaccines received in February? New variant of interest to WHO is MU.

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Nursing home locked down after multiple COVID cases detected

1st September 2021


A Longford nursing home has been forced to stop all visits after a number of positive COVID-19 cases have been detected.a person wearing a blue hat© Provided by Extra.ie

Laurel Lodge Nursing Home in Longford Town is understood to have over a dozen cases of the virus among residents and staff.

These cases were detected in the last week.a man and a woman looking at each other: A Longford nursing home has been forced to stop all visitations after a number of positive COVID-19 cases have been detected. Pic: Getty Images© Provided by Extra.ie A Longford nursing home has been forced to stop all visitations after a number of positive COVID-19 cases have been detected. Pic: Getty Images

Longford-Westmeath Fianna Fáil TD Joe Flaherty expressed his disappointment over the outbreak but insisted all necessary measures were being rolled out by the facility.

‘It is a worrying development but I do know Laurel Lodge has led the way in effectively managing the virus and while it is disappointing for the facility, I have no doubt that all necessary measures are being put in place,’ he told Longford Leader.a small house in a garden: Laurel Lodge Nursing Home in Longford Town is understood to have over a dozen cases of the virus among residents and staff. Pic: Google Maps© Provided by Extra.ie Laurel Lodge Nursing Home in Longford Town is understood to have over a dozen cases of the virus among residents and staff. Pic: Google Maps

‘The reality is this is a fast moving virus and is something we are going to have to live with.’

Extra.ie have reached out to the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) and Laurel Lodge Nursing Home for comment.Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus wearing a suit and glasses smiling for the camera: The news comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) have shared concerns regarding a new variant, named ‘Mu’, which could be dangerous. Pic: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images© Provided by Extra.ie The news comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) have shared concerns regarding a new variant, named ‘Mu’, which could be dangerous. Pic: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images

The news comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) have shared concerns regarding a new variant, named ‘Mu’, which could be dangerous.

The variant of COVID-19, which is also identified as B.1.621, was first identified in Colombia back in January of this year.Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus wearing glasses and a suit and tie: Although the variant hadn’t been on the radar in a big way after it was found, the WHO has since confirmed that it is now a variant of interest (VOI). Pic: EPA/JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT© Provided by Extra.ie Although the variant hadn’t been on the radar in a big way after it was found, the WHO has since confirmed that it is now a variant of interest (VOI). Pic: EPA/JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT

Although the variant hadn’t been on the radar in a big way after it was found, the WHO has since confirmed that it is now a variant of interest (VOI).

In its latest weekly update on the epidemiological situation in relation to COVID-19, health officials warned that tests are required to determine if this variant is highly transmissible and more vaccine resistant than other mutations.

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