Covid-19: Evening Update

Here's a reminder of today's Covid headlines

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 4 additional deaths related to COVID-19 545 New Cases - 50 here in Cork.

There has been a total of 4,903 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. There is now a total of 248,870* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today 294 are men, and 244 are women. 77% are under 45 years of age. The median age is 29 years old

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Gardaí are reminding public to maintain good Covid-19 practices this bank holiday weekend.

They are asking people to maintain social distancing, wash hands regularly and not to gather in large groups. Holding or attending house parties remains against regulations. They say they will continue high visibility patrols at public amenities, parks and beauty spots across the country this weekend.

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Tánaiste says outdoor events such as Electric Picnic and the National Ploughing Championships could take place in September.

The government is set to trial a number of indoor and outdoor events over the coming months, in a bid to see how music and sport events could be run safely with crowds
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The government has defended the decision to allow hotels to serve food indoors ahead of pubs and restaurants.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says it's not based on medical advice but the fact hotels have been allowed to serve indoors in the past.

The Restaurants Association of Ireland has criticised the plan that will see them serving outdoors only when they re-open.

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Driving lessons for essential workers resuming from May 10th.

Driving tests for people who are eligible and those who have been waiting the longest are also resuming, in a limited way.

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