Increase in weekly emergency COVID-19 welfare payment expected as Taoiseach addresses media

The Government is unveiling plans to increase the weekly emergency COVID-19 welfare payment to €350 a week.

It's also expected to outline approval of a scheme where the Government will pay up to 70% of a workers' salary.

That will be capped at €410 a week from the government and is designed to keep as many people in employment as possible while the crisis continues

The Government will be addressing the media and outlining more restrictions on travel and business closures this hour

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