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Jack Quann

21.51 24 Mar 2020


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Over 200 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Ireland

There have been 204 new cases of coronavirus in Ireland, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) said on Tuesday.

Another patient has also died.

The patient is a man and in the east of the country, with an underlying health condition.

Government announces €4bn COVID-19 support package

The Government has announced a package worth nearly €4bn to support businesses through the next few weeks of the COVID-19 crisis.

In an announcement this afternoon, the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar also set out a range of new measures aimed at slowing the spread of the virus.

On supporting jobs, he said it was essential to “maintain social solidarity and a sense of community in this time of trial.”

New coronavirus restrictions announced by Government

The Government has announced further restrictions to try and contain the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The measures include the closure of all non-essential retailers until the outbreak is under control.

People are being asked to stay at home and only leave to go to work if they cannot work remotely and their presence is "essential".

Tokyo Olympics to be postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak

The Olympics are set to be postponed for a year after the Japanese Prime Minister said the decision was “unavoidable.”

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proposed the one-year suspension during a phone call with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach this morning.

He said Mr Bach "100% agreed" with the postponement.

Dublin jewellers closes its doors for first time in 151 years

Dublin-based jeweller Weir & Sons is closing its doors to the public for first time in 151 years, as a result of the coronavirus.

The company says both its physical stores on Grafton Street and in Dundrum Town Centre have moved to appointment only until further notice.

However customers can continue to shop online where "business is operating as usual."


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