Covid-19 Evening Update
Here's a reminder of today's Covid headlines
9 more patients with Covid-19 have died and 443 more people have contracted Covid-19, 32 of these were in Cork.
261 people are being treated in hospital, aftter 12 more patients were admitted, with 60 receiving intensive care.
The national average infection rate is 157.7 -- though it's well over double that in Offaly, which has the highest level in the Republic.
DCU Professor of Health Systems, Anthony Staines, says it's still too early to reopen outdoor dining in Ireland.
A recent survey showed just 0.1 per cent of Covid cases have been linked to outdoor transmission
The education minister says the vaccine rollout list was changed because of strong new scientific evidence.
Tomorrow, three major teachers unions will consider measures up to industrial action.
The World Health Organisation says the the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 outweigh any risks.
It's studying the latest data following reports of blood clots in some people who've received it -- and will deliver a fresh assessment either tomorrow or Thursday.
But the WHO doesn't believe there will be any reason to change its advice.
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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.
COVID19 Evening update
The latest headlines on COVID19
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.