Covid-19 Evening Update
Here's a reminder of today's COVID headlines
There have been 8 additional Covid-19 deaths and 591 new confirmed cases..
19 of those cases are here in Cork.
4 of the deaths occurred in February and 4 in March.
There are 264 patients with the virus in hospital and 62 in intensive care.
The Justice Minister says Garda unions will likely be briefed today over their concerns about the vaccine priority list.
The revised rollout plan will see doses administered based on someone's age, with their job no longer a factor
The Ministers comments come after the Lord Mayor of Cork City confirmed that he had written to the Minister to request Gardaí be prioritised for vaccination.
The two garda unions - GRA and the AGSI - have both been strongly critical of the revised roll out
The government's plan to gradually reopen building sites is unnecessarily cautious and puts construction businesses under further financial pressure.
That's according to the Construction Industry Federation who believe that the sector has proven itself to be very a safe workplace, despite the pandemic.
They say they are hopeful that once the industry does resume, that it will illustrate that it can continue to work safely.
Figures released by the CIF show that at present, construction has the lowest ratio of cases to outbreaks of any sector.
The Vaccination Centre in City Hall is opening this hour for frontline healthcare workers.
The centre will be open until 8pm with 10 booths in operation.
Between 750 - 800 frontline healthcare workers will be given the vaccine.
The centre will have up to 30 booths in use when fully operational and is one of five vaccination centres across in the city and county
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There is a call on Government to immediately publish plan to get hospitality reopened here
The Vintners Federation of Ireland says pubs in the North have been told they can resume indoor drinking and dining on the 24th of May.
Ireland’s current Covid numbers are 'better than anything we could have hoped for a few weeks ago'
That's according to the Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn.
Vaccinated passengers will be allowed skip quarantine within days
It's after new advice from the country's top public health official.
COVID19 UPDATE: 8 New Deaths, 309 New Cases - 12 here in Cork
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 8 additional deaths related to COVID-19.
Wage supports set to continue beyond June
Ministers have stressed there will be no cliff edge end to the pandemic unemployment payments, or an austerity budget this year.
People in their 60s will be able to register for a Covid-19 vaccine from today
A new portal goes live from 10am, with appointments bookable both online and by phone.
People arriving from US, Canada and France have to stay in a quarantine hotel for up to 2 weeks
They're among 16 countries that were added to the list this morning.
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Vaccine portal to register for appointments will open at 10am tomorrow morning
The HSE is asking people aged 69 to register tomorrow followed by the rest of the 65-68 year olds over the following days.
COVID19 UPDATE: 12 New Deaths, 431 New Cases - 17 here in Cork
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 12 additional deaths related to COVID-19.
Ireland will receive more than half a million extra doses of the Pfizer Covid vaccine this quarter
It's after the company agreed to supply the EU with an additional 50 million doses starting in April.
Health Minister faces criticism for mandatory hotel quarantine system
The Health Minister is being accused of mismanaging the country's mandatory hotel quarantine system.