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Death Toll From Covid-19 Pandemic Reaches 36 In Ireland

It is once again, with sadness, that we learned of fourteen persons having died from the Covid-19 pandemic here in the Republic of Ireland. This news comes on a day when 294 new cases have also been diagnosed.

There are now 2,415 confirmed cases of Covid-19 here in the Republic and all 14 of the deaths announced today were located in the east of the country, bringing the overall related death toll to 36, in our Republic.

In Northern Ireland, the death toll has now reached 15, with two further deaths reported today, while 49 new positive cases of Covid-19 were also identified; bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 324.

Cocooning for all those over 70 years of age together with certain categories of people who are considered vulnerable to Covid-19, is also being introduced.

The Minister for Health Mr Simon Harris has stated earlier that the current measures introduced by the Government were as tough as it can possibly get, but was introduced to save lives.

Mr Harris also announced that the HSE had hired an additional 260 nurses and 63 doctors, and would continue to process further suitable applications. He went on to also announce that the first consignment of personal protective equipment from China would be due into Dublin Airport tomorrow afternoon, and the HSE would begin distributing same, where applicable, tomorrow evening.

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