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06th Apr 2020

#Covid-19: 16 further deaths, 370 new cases of Coronavirus in Ireland


16 more people have died as a result of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland.

Monday’s briefing from the Department of Health took place this evening at 5.30 pm where it was revealed that there are 370 new cases.

This means that the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland is now over 5,364.

Figures from Northern Ireland today show that seven more people have passed away due to coronavirus. There are 69 new cases, bringing the total in Northern Ireland to 1,158.

Speaking at today’s briefing, Chief Medical Officer emphasised the message that people must stay at home over the upcoming bank holiday weekend.

The National Public Health Emergency Team are due to meet again tomorrow and an update is expected later this week on whether lockdown will continue in Ireland past Easter Sunday, the original end date given.

It is likely that the current restrictions will be extended although there is official confirmation yet.

Speaking at government buildings last Thursday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said:

“We’ll have a better idea towards the end of next week as to how we’re getting on because we’ll know if the recent restrictions have been making a difference.

“We will be able to make a decision towards the end of next week, as to whether those restrictions need to be extended, relaxed or refined in any way.”