Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

18.17 22 May 2020


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There have been another 11 coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic.

115 new cases have also been confirmed today - representing the first time the number of new cases has passed 100 in almost a week.

The total number of cases in the country since the outbreak began now stands at 24,506, while the number of deaths now stands at 1,592.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said it's still too early to see the impact the recent easing of some restrictions is having on the level of infection.

He said: "These are [new] cases which relate to exposures and contacts which would have happened prior to Monday of this week."

Figures released this evening also show there have been 865 cases of coronavirus within 16 meat processing plants across the country.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said there's an indication the rate of infection in the facilities is decreasing.

He explained: "Almost 2,500 workers were tested as part of picking up any remaining cases in those facilities.

"Although it's probably too early just yet to conclude, it does appear - at least in recent days - the number of cases linked to the outbreaks is decreasing."

Cabinet meeting

The release of today's figures comes after Cabinet agreed to a number of measures in response to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Ministers have approved an extra €6.8 billion for the budget of the Department of Social Protection, in order to meet the extra cost of COVID-19 welfare payments.

The proposal will be put to the Dáil and voted on next week.

Meanwhile, it has also been confirmed that, from next Thursday, anyone arriving in country will be 'legally obliged' to fill out a form detailing where they will be self-isolating for 14 days.

Main image: File photo of Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan. Picture by: Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews.ie

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