THERE is now a total of 1,329 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland, and health experts have warned that this figure could reach 15,000 by the end of the month.
Limits have been placed on public transport and non-essential businesses are to shut as part of stricter restrictions announced by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today today as measures to halt the spread of Covid-19 are ramped up.
Independent.ie reporters will keep you up to date with the latest updates across Ireland as officials take precautions amid the coronavirus outbreak. Here are the latest updates, cancellations and closures:
All theaters, clubs, gyms and leisure complexes, hairdressing salons, betting shops, markets, casinos, bingo halls, and libraries will shut from midnight tonight
The closure of schools, which was due to end on March 29, will be extended until April 19
Hotels have been advised to limit occupancy to essential and non-social and non-tourist reasons
All scheduled cruise ship is to cease
Non-essential retail outlets are to shut to members of the public, and other retail outlets are urged to implement social distancing measures
All cafes and restaurants are to limit their services to take out only
Playgrounds and caravan parks are to close
Places of worship have been asked to restrict numbers entering at one time and to ensure social distancing is in action
The public are advised to limit their use of public transport unless necessary, while improved cleaning measures will be put in place and passenger numbers are to be restricted to ensure social distancing
Gardai are to increase interventions where venues or groups of people are not in compliance with recommended social distancing measures
Social gatherings should not exceed more than four people unless all individuals are from the same household
Individuals should work from home where possible
All non-essential indoor visits should be avoided
A temporary wage subsidy of 70 pc of take home pay up to a maximum weekly tax free amount of €410 per week to help affected companies keep paying their employees
Those who are now unemployed to the crisis will receive an emergency Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment of €350 per week. Self-employed workers will also be eligible
Covid-19 illness payment will also be increased to €350 per week
Temporary ban on all evictions is to be introduced for duration of coronavirus crisis
The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) Northern Secretary Gerry Murphy is urging the Stormont Executive and Chief Medical Officer, Dr Michael McBride, to revise the decision not to close the schools at this time
Schools and colleges are closed until March 29. Teaching will be done remotely where possible
The Department of Foreign Affairs is advising against travel to Germany, as well as air transit through Germany unless returning to Ireland
Ryanair has announced it may suspend all flights except those providing “essential connectivity”, due to the coronavirus. The airline is also reducing flights to and from Spain, the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands from Sunday, March 15 until March 20
Ryanair customers can now move their flight free of charge to a date in the future, but advise customers not to try to change to another date in April
The Department of Foreign Affairs is now advising against non-essential travel to the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Malta, Poland, and Slovakia, and will also be providing additional guidance on Spain, which remains at non-essential travel, while Italy remains at no travel
Britain’s Royal Bank of Scotland, which owns Ulster Bank here, and the Italian banks say they will allow deferment of mortgage and loan repayments for up to three months for customers affected by the coronavirus
RBS will also waive early closure charges on fixed savings accounts and provide refunds on credit card cash advance fees to help affected customers
Bank of Ireland said it will offer payment breaks and flexible arrangements on mortgages and loans for up to three months if people can’t pay due to the virus
Ulster Bank said it would allow mortgage and loan repayments to be deferred for up to three months
Boris Johnson announced three-week lockdown, advising Britons to stay at home except when shopping for basic necessities, and to perform one type of exercise a day.
Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar and the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson have agreed to “align their actions” in response to the Covid 19 outbreak
The White House is to propose roughly 850 billion dollars in emergency economic stimulus to address the coronavirus threat
The EU has also announced plans for a 30-day ban on non-residents entering the bloc
Boris Johnson has advised against ‘non-essential’ contact, unnecessary travel and to work from home
The French government has ordered all non-essential public locations to shut
Trump has declared coronavirus outbreak a national emergency
Philip Jansen, chief executive of BT Group, has tested positive with Covid-19
French President Emmanuel Macron has said that all of the country’s schools, kindergartens and universities are to be closed
UK health Minister Nadine Dorries has tested positive for COVID-19. Restrictions are being placed on visitor access to the Palace of Westminster
Italy has said all stores except pharmacies and food outlets will be closed
The latest updates on coronavirus spread...
There is now a total of 1,329 confirmed coronavirus cases in the Republic of Ireland.
The total number of deaths linked to Covid-19 has risen to seven following the death of a man in the east of the country.
Cases have now been confirmed in every county.
Breakdown of counties and age groups
An analysis from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HSPC) as of midnight March 17 on 350 confirmed cases showed Dublin has the highest amount of cases at 172, followed by Cork at 62, and Limerick at 14.
Of the 350 cases notified, 55 pc are male and 43 pc are female, with 26 clusters.
84 cases are associated with healthcare workers, 28 of whom are associated with foreign travel.