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Covid-19 Update: Fri. 1st May 2020 – 34 Deaths – 221 New Cases

Curve has been flattened and is now plateauing, in the battle against COVID-19 virus pandemic.

From May 18th next, Ireland can slowly begin to reopen.

The number of virus cases confirmed here in the Premier County; (as at midnight on Wednesday, April 29th last), have now increased from 415 to 468; an increase of 53 new cases, now confirmed over a 24-hour period. (98 new cases over a 48 hour period).

The Department of Health has confirmed this evening that a further 34 people have tragically died from the Covid-19 virus, here in the Republic of Ireland. These latest figures bring the death toll, from this pandemic, to 1,265.

A total of 221 new cases of the coronavirus have also today, been identified here in the Republic, bringing the total since conception to 20,833.

However, in a briefing tonight, An Taoiseach Mr Leo Varadkar confirmed his government’s decision to continue current restrictions here in Ireland, to be extended until May 18th next. Mr Varadkar conveyed a five-step road map for how Irish society and the Irish economy can be reopened. These steps will be spaced three weeks apart starting on May 18th.

  • A 2km limit currently in place for exercise is to be to be extended to 5km from next Tuesday.
  • Schools to stay closed until September or October next.
  • From May 18th 2020, outdoor workers can return to their place of employment; while garden centres; DIY centres; hardware stores and repair shops can again return to gainful business trading.


Please continue to listen; do as asked; social distance and isolate.

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