September 21, 2020
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LATEST: Wicklow among counties with new cases of virus, lockdown leads to surge in domestic violence reports

One more person has died after contracting the coronavirus as 136 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.

The overall death toll as a result of the virus now stands at 1,776 . There are now 27,676 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country.

Wicklow is among the counties where new infections were confirmed, according to the latest daily briefing from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET). WicklowNow.ie earlier reported that a new cluster of Covid-19 has been identified at a local direct provision centre in the Esplanade Hotel in Bray.

The latest cases were confirmed as a new report warned that restrictions brought in to combat the spread of Covid-19 has resulted in an alarming surge in calls to a domestic violence helpline.

There was a 43% increase in responses by the Women’s Aid’s 24-hour helpline between March and June, compared to the same period last year.

Responding to the report’s findings, the founder of Stop Domestic Violence in Ireland (SDVII) Priscilla Grainger called on Justice Minister Helen McEntee to immediately implement stronger legislation to criminalise domestic abuse.

Ms Grainger (pictured below with her daughter and SDVII co-founder Ainie) told RTÉ’s Today with Sarah McInereny the lockdown had seen “men, women and children” suffering at the hands of their abusers.

She urged Minister McEntee to bring in an emergency order to give gardaí more powers of arrest.

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