Covid-19: Evening Update
Here's a reminder of today's Covid headlines
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 3 additional deaths related to COVID-19 and 569 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Of the cases notified today: 78% are under 45 years of age. The median age is 26 years old.
As of 8am today, 123 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 41 are in ICU.
The first doses of the one shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine are set to be administered next week.
Its rollout forms part of the revised vaccination plan which is being finalised by health officials.
The HSE says it has so far received 26,000 units of the vaccine.
The Health Minister has called a special meeting with the Chief Medical Officer and HSE over concerns about the rate of Covid-19 in Donegal.
Stephen Donnelly says they'll discuss what extra supports can be put in place in the county. Donegal currently has the highest 14 day incidence of Covid across the country at 293 per 100 thousand.
The Chief Medical Officer says Covid-19 hospital numbers could rise significantly if people socialise too much as restrictions are lifted.
Dr Tony Holohan's advice to government this week also warned there's a risk of a "significant impact" from a potential 4th wave.
Meanwhile, the Finance Minister says the return of indoor dining will have to be done step-by-step.
Hotels and B&Bs will be allowed to serve residents indoors from June 2nd under the plan for easing restrictions.
Pubs and restaurants can only provide outdoor dining from June 7th. Minister Paschal Donohoe says the government doesn't want to do too much, too soon.
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Varadkar: Everyone who want's a vaccine could be offered one by the end of June
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Traveller advocacy group says it's "unacceptable" a "small minority" of the community are going against public health advice
Yesterday a marquee, intended for a wedding reception, was removed from a halting site in south Dublin, preventing it from taking place.
Cork TD calls for clarity on weddings and calls for numbers to be raised to at least 50 beyond June
Cork TD Christopher O’Sullivan says if vaccination targets are being hit there should be no reason to keep wedding reception numbers at just six guests.
Clonakilty Vaccination centre expected to undergo a capacity upgrade as vaccination rollout continues
It has been confirmed to RedFM News that the Clonakilty Vaccination centre is expected to undergo a capacity upgrade, as the vaccination rollout continues to pick up pace.
COVID19 UPDATE: 8 New Deaths, 448 New Cases - 34 here in Cork
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 8 additional deaths related to COVID-19.
Cork TD says Cork Airport will to supported on road to recovery in post pandemic era
A Cork TD says the government must continue to support Cork Airport for at least three more years.
Marquee at Dublin halting site being taken down on foot of a court order
The marquee, which could cater for up to 60 people, was erected for a wedding reception, which would have breached Covid-19 rules.
Junior Transport Minister says it's too early for people to think about booking foreign holidays for August/September
The Government is currently looking at what the reopening of international travel will look like and how it will work
Covid cases expected to rise due to reopening, says consultant
There's an expected rise in Covid-19 cases in the next couple of weeks following the country's reopening, according an infectious disease consultant.