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World: Police officers give update after finding Cleo Smith alive
Western Australia Police have issued further details after finding Cleo Smith “alive and well”.
Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch issued a statement confirming a police team broke their way into a locked house in Carnarvon around 1 am on November 3rd.
“They found little Cleo in one of the rooms. One of the officers picked her up into his arms and asked her ‘what’s your name?’
“She said – ‘My name is Cleo’. Cleo was reunited with her parents a short time later.”
It is believed Cleo is “physically well”. Deputy Blanch shared, “Physically she appears to be in good health but obviously medical professionals are with her at the moment.”
Deputy Blanch stated, “This is the outcome we all hoped and prayed for. It’s the outcome we’ve achieved because of some incredible police work.”
“Welcome home Cleo,” he added.
A 36-year-old man is in police custody. He has no relation to Cleo or her family, police stressed.
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At Home: Gardaí wrongly told mum her 12-year-old son died in crash
Two Gardaí wrongly told a mum her 12-year-old son died in a car crash.
An inquest in Ennis, Co. Clare heard Gardaí misidentified two male bodies after the crash on September 26th, 2019.
They brought a book of condolences to Gillian Hogan’s home. She discovered her son survived the crash when her sister informed her he was in fact in hospital in Dublin.
She stated, “How could you mistake Jason for a fully-grown man? No way.”
“It is important for the other family to know and it is important for our family to know as well how this mix-up happened. Jason was a 12-year-old child at the time and we were told he was dead,” she told the court.
It is believed the scene of the crash was “chaotic” and “pandemonium”.
Dr. Tony Holohan issues warning after highest case numbers since mid-January
Dr. Tony Holohan has responded to the concerning rise of Covid-19 cases in Ireland.
3,726 cases were confirmed in the Republic on November 2nd. This is the highest number of cases since the beginning of 2021.
The CMO stressed that we do have the tools to cope with this increase.
“We know that vaccination is very successful at preventing severe illness and hospitalisation and I urge anyone who still needs to get their Covid vaccine to do so.”
He urged the public to continue to follow all public health measures.
“We also know that, even when vaccinated, we still need to practice basic public health interventions – washing our hands, opening windows, wearing masks, and most importantly, staying home when we have symptoms.
“These simple measures are very successful at breaking the chains of transmission of this disease,” he stressed.
Covid: No plan to reintroduce Covid-19 measures, Minister Donnelly claims
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has stressed that the Government is not considering reintroducing Covid-19 restrictions.
Minister Donnelly said the rising case numbers are a concern, but no discussions about restrictions or lockdowns are taking place as of yet.
He told RTÉ’s Prime Time, “We’re not contemplating [reintroducing restrictions] at the moment and there is no discussion about that. Because we have a plan that we know can work.”
He added that the recent increase in socialisation is one of the factors in cases rising.
“The government is going to deploy a lot of measures. The industry really needs to make sure that it’s compliant with the measures that are in place. And then each of us as individuals needs to push that little bit harder. We’ve done it every time before,” he stressed.
Entertainment: The return date for I’m A Celebrity revealed
I’m A Celebrity is set to return this month and we cannot wait.
The return date is a lot earlier than expected. According to reports, the show’s first episode will air on November 21st.
Thankfully, we don’t have too long to wait.
The show is set to take place in Wales again this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Rumoured contestants include Roy Keane, Frankie Bridge, Arlene Phillips, and Maura Higgins.