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An easing of COVID-19 restrictions for children could be introduced early next month.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is working with several Government departments to examine how some measures could be lifted for under-18s in phase two.

It comes as 11 more people with COVID-19 died here on Friday.

There have now been a total 1,592 deaths in Ireland and 24,506 confirmed cases.

Dublin has the highest number of cases at 11,794 (48% of all cases), followed by Cork with 1,398 cases (6%) and then Kildare with 1,383 cases (6%).

Speaking on Friday, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said they will not be revealing yet what measures could be lifted for children.

"We'll want to ensure that our public health advice in relation to any of the activities that might be under consideration by them, and other Government departments, has the benefit of early public health advice.

"And we'll continue to work with other colleagues to try and, as it were, shake those things up".

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, said: "Research conducted on behalf of the Department of Health shows that 86% of people rate their knowledge on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as high.

"This is essential knowledge for all of society to have and use as we move safely through the phases ahead."

Meanwhile, the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has dismissed a suggestion of a change to the physical distancing rules.

It is understood 'robust' discussions were held at Cabinet on Friday about changing the advice from two metres to one to help the hospitality sector.

Current World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines state keeping a one metre distance from each other is sufficient.

But Mr Varadkar has said there is no change to the advice, and that the public health advice stands.

Main image: Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan at a COVID-19 briefing in the Department of Health, Dublin 14-05-2020. Image: Rory Walsh/Newstalk

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