The latest on COVID19 today

The latest developments on the fight against COVID19 as the virus continues to disrupt everyday life.

  • The Construction Industry Federation of Ireland say they're very concerned that construction workers are currently continuing to work in domestic settings behind closed doors. 

    Under Level 5 restrictions construction is only permitted for a number of key national projects.

  • It's unrealistic to expect the EU to have a Europe wide digital vaccine passport to facilitate travel this summer, according to the CEO of Ryanair.

    Earlier this week European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said proposals are being worked on for a pass that would show if a traveller had been vaccinated against COVID.

  • Vaccination of people with underlying conditions will start next week, according to the Health Minister. 

    However, Stephen Donnelly has said he has concerns about the capacity of AstraZeneca to meet delivery targets. 

    The HSE missed last week's target of 100,000 vaccinations with the Tánaiste saying an under-delivery from AstraZeneca was to blame. 

  • Facemasks are NOT being advised for primary school children, according to the Health Information and Quality Authority.  

    Its covid expert advisory group says there should be no change to the minimum age of 13, for wearing face coverings.  

  • 462 new COVID19 cases have been confirmed - 29 of those are here in Cork. 

    Meanwhile 39 additional COVID19 related deaths have also been confirmed. 

    NPHET says the R number has at least remained stable and may even have decreased slightly.

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