Written answers

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Photo of Joe O'BrienJoe O'Brien (Dublin Fingal, Green Party)
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934. To ask the Minister for Health if a series of matters raised in correspondence by a person (details supplied) will be examined. [18156/20]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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Since the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) met for the first time, a commitment was given to collect and publish as much relevant data as possible while ensuring individual patient confidentiality is maintained at all times. While the nature and scale of the Covid-19 pandemic has been unprecedented, the collection of timely and comprehensive data has underpinned the efforts of the public health response to Covid-19 and has been instrumental in developing the health service response to Covid-19 and to the advice provided by NPHET and the Department of Health to assist Government decision-making in the wider response to Covid-19 in Ireland.

Comprehensive national statistics, information and data about Covid-19, including a timeline of confirmed cases by date, is published on a daily basis on the Department of Health website at and on the Covid-19 Data Hub and Dashboards available at . Datasets, charts and maps are updated on an on-going basis and in line with newly published data. The published data are based on official figures provided by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) and the Health Service Executive (HSE).

I would also direct the Deputy to the CSO website for access to a range of data relating to Covid-19. This is available on the CSO Covid-19 Information Hub at

Further information is also published in the daily report by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) available at .

Photo of Joe O'BrienJoe O'Brien (Dublin Fingal, Green Party)
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935. To ask the Minister for Health if verbal or written direction has been provided by the Director General of the HSE via the HSE to general practitioners relating to requests for letters to confirm the inability of a person to wear a mask on the basis of legitimate health grounds; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18157/20]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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I have arranged for this question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

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