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Coronavirus Ireland Live Updates: 13 more people have died of Covid-19 and 76 new cases confirmed

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  • Total of 1,604 coronavirus-related deaths in Ireland
  • There have been 24,582 confirmed cases of Covid-19

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It is still advised to avoid all non-essential travel overseas and those who come into the country are "strongly advised" to self-isolate for 14 days. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

It is still advised to avoid all non-essential travel overseas and those who come into the country are "strongly advised" to self-isolate for 14 days. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

A server brings out sweetener to patron Francesca Macartney Beale at Douro restaurant in Connecticut at outdoor seating at socially-distanced tables. Employees must wear masks.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

A server brings out sweetener to patron Francesca Macartney Beale at Douro restaurant in Connecticut at outdoor seating at socially-distanced tables. Employees must wear masks. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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It is still advised to avoid all non-essential travel overseas and those who come into the country are "strongly advised" to self-isolate for 14 days. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

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19:30 23/05/2020

'All the locals are very happy' - Dublin pub starts drinks delivery service

Cate McCurry, PA

A Dublin man has joined the growing number of enterprising publicans to bring freshly-poured pints to the homes of his customers.

Publican Albert Martin decided to reopen his doors to The Willows pub in north Dublin to reconnect with his customers in an innovative way that complies with the lockdown laws.

After receiving assurances from the gardai over the delivery of sealed drinks, Mr Martin and his team have been visiting the homes of his punters in Dublin.

The family-run pub had plans to celebrate 55 years in business this July, however the coronavirus measures has forced the family to postpone the event.

Mr Martin is now calling to the homes of his customers, new and old, with freshly poured drinks including pints, wine and cocktails.

Mr Martin said: "We only just started it on Friday but already people have been calling up and ordering different drinks."

The proprietor has enforced a 20-euro minimum spend and delivers within a one kilometre-radius to ensure the pints are kept fresh.

"People have been really enjoying it - a lot of the customers who ordered on Friday were back again today," Mr Martin added.

"All the locals are very happy about it."

On the drinks menu includes pints, bottled beer, alcopops, wine and number of spirits.

"The most popular has been Guinness draught. They love the Guinness and it looks very good when its poured.

"All the customers ring us up and make the order and pay over the phone. So far it's mainly been our regulars but we've had a few new people calling us.

"We'll have to wait until August before we can have people back in the pub again. I think people are getting a bit tired of sitting at home so they are happy to see freshly poured pints delivered to them."

19:00 23/05/2020

Drug hailed as coronavirus 'game-changer' by Donald Trump is 'more likely to kill'

Ariana Eunjung

A study of 96,000 hospitalised coronavirus patients on six continents found those who received an antimalarial drug promoted by President Donald Trump as a "game-changer" in the fight against the virus had a significantly higher risk of death.

People treated with hydroxychloroquine, or the closely related drug chloroquine, were also more likely to develop a type of irregular heart rhythm, or arrhythmia, that can lead to sudden cardiac death, it concluded.

The study, published yesterday in the medical journal 'The Lancet', is the largest analysis to date of the risks and benefits of treating Covid-19 patients with antimalarial drugs.

It is based on a retrospective analysis of medical records, not a controlled study in which patients are divided randomly into treatment groups - a method considered the gold standard of medicine. But the sheer size of the study was convincing to some scientists.

"It's one thing not to have benefit, but this shows distinct harm," said Eric Topol, a cardiologist and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute. "If there was ever hope for this drug, this is the death of it."

18:35 23/05/2020

No new coronavirus cases confirmed in China for the first time

Yuri Kageyama, PA

Coronavirus cases continued to drop in much of Asia on Saturday but surged in Latin America, as the world grappled with balancing the urge to restart economies with fears about health risks.

China, where the outbreak began late last year, reported no new confirmed cases for the first time. In South Korea, there were 23 fresh infections, mostly from the densely populated Seoul area where authorities shut down thousands of nightclubs, bars and karaoke rooms to stem transmissions.

The encouraging signs are likely to set off a much-awaited thrust to get back to business as governments have been readying social-distancing measures to reopen economies.

18:00 23/05/2020

Three children hospitalised with rare illness which may be linked to coronavirus

Eilish O'Regan

Three children in the Republic have been hospitalised with a mysterious 'inflammatory syndrome' thought to be caused by the coronavirus.

The children, who were treated in Dublin, have since recovered.

A rapid alert was issued by the Department of Health last week about the illness.

The illness has been likened to Kawasaki disease, a rare disorder which causes rashes and a red mouth and eyes.

Experts believe the illness is almost definitely caused by COVID-19 in some way but scientists can't prove it.

17:00 23/05/2020

13 more people have died of coronavirus and 76 new cases confirmed

Another 13 people have died of coronavirus in Ireland, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has confirmed.

There have now been a total of 1,604 coronavirus-related deaths in Ireland.

76 more people have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 24,582.

the HSE is working to identify anyone who had the patients may have had contact with to give them advice on how to prevent coronavirus spreading further.

Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Thursday (24,451 cases), reveals:

· 57pc are female and 43pc are male

· The median age of confirmed cases is 48 years

· 3,211 cases (13pc) have been hospitalised

· Of those hospitalised, 393 cases have been admitted to ICU

· 7,813 cases are associated with healthcare workers

· Dublin has the highest number of cases at 11,830 (48pc of all cases) followed by Cork with 1,420 cases (6pc) and then Kildare with 1,387 cases (6pc)

· Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 60pc, close contact accounts for 38pc, travel abroad accounts for 2pc


16:00 23/05/2020

Another person has died of coronavirus in Northern Ireland

One more person has died from coronavirus in Ireland and 41 new cases have been confirmed.

The total number of people who have died in Northern Ireland has risen to 505.

There have been 4,545 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Northern Ireland.

14:10 23/05/2020

Spain’s far-right holds car protest against virus lockdown

Joseph Wilson and Alicia Leon, Associated Press

Several thousand followers of Spain’s far-right Vox party gathered in their cars and on motorbikes in the centre of Madrid and other cities on Saturday to protest over the government’s handling of the nation’s coronavirus crisis.

The party accuses Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s administration of lying about the impact of the health crisis and for violating Spaniards’ rights by confining people to their homes and closing business during the lockdown.

Vox urged demonstrators to attend the “Caravan for Spain and Liberty” in vehicles in order to get round the current ban on social gatherings in effect under the nation’s two-month long state of emergency designed to reduce contagion risks.

12:50 23/05/2020

Expert nursing home panel set up to 'safeguard' residents from Covid-19

Health Minister Simon Harris has today announced the establishment of a Covid-19 expert nursing home panel to "safeguard" care home residents from the virus.

The panel has been set up following recommendations made by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet).

It is part of the health service’s response to the expected ongoing impact Covid-19 could have on nursing homes over the next 6 to 18 months.

The panel will report to Mr Harris by the end of June 2020.

Mr Harris said: “I believe that the establishment of a Covid-19 Nursing Home Expert Panel to examine and advise on these matters is a crucial aspect of good planning to support Ireland’s navigation through the Covid-19 landscape and ensure the best possible safeguards are in place to protect the many people who call nursing homes their home.”

The panel will be chaired by Professor Cecily Kelleher, Principal of the College of Health and Agricultural Sciences, UCD. Professor Kelleher will be joined by Professor Cillian Twomey (Retired Geriatrician), Petrina Donnelly, Group Director of Nursing, RCSI Hospital Group, and Bridget Doherty.

It is expected that the panel will meet early next week.

12:10 23/05/2020

Public urged to ‘hold firm’ as number of hospital patients with Covid-19 falls

Cate McCurry, PA

The head of the Health Service Executive has urged the public to “hold firm” over Covid-19 restriction measures.

Paul Reid, chief executive of the HSE, acknowledged that the public are worried about jobs and bills, but added that there “are bright days ahead”.

He made the comments as the number of patients with Covid-19 in hospitals continues to fall.

10:42 23/05/2020

Naming a date is just the start of rugby's road back with complex challenges lying ahead

Rúaidhrí O'Connor

According to the plan unveiled by IRFU chief executive Philip Browne yesterday, rugby will return on the weekend of August 22/23.

The news was delivered during an hour-long press briefing, held by video conference, as Browne laid bare the "catastrophic" financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on rugby and other sports.

The date gives the union a target to work towards after months of uncertainty, but they have work to do to convince public health officials and the Government that their plan is the right one.

09:45 23/05/2020

Data on Covid-19 clusters reveals communities most at risk from second wave

Catherine Fegan

Pockets of Dublin became Covid-19 'hotspots', according to new data, sparking calls for greater clarity about where clusters emerge

Communities in north Dublin have been the worst affected parts of the country for coronavirus, figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) show.

Dublin North West and Dublin North have had the greatest number of infections and deaths, with communities in the south of the county reporting smaller figures.

08:20 23/05/2020

Virus cases drop to zero in China but surge in Latin America

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press

Coronavirus cases continued to drop in much of Asia on Saturday but surged in Latin America, as the world grappled with balancing the urge to restart economies with fears about health risks.

China, where the outbreak began late last year, reported no new confirmed cases for the first time. In South Korea, there were 23 fresh infections, mostly from the densely populated Seoul area where authorities shut down thousands of nightclubs, bars and karaoke rooms to stem transmissions.

The encouraging signs are likely to set off a much-awaited thrust to get back to business as governments have been readying social-distancing measures to reopen economies.

08:15 23/05/2020

New York eases ban on group gatherings

By Karen Matthews and Deepti Hajela, Associated Press

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo dropped the state’s absolute ban on gatherings of any size on Friday, allowing up to 10 people to group together as long as they still abide by social distancing regulations.

The order, issued on the eve of the Memorial Day weekend, represents one of the biggest steps yet the state has taken to loosen rules adopted in March that have barred anyone but essential workers from gathering unless they live in the same household.

However the order still requires people assembling to follow “social distancing protocols and cleaning and disinfection protocols required by the Department of Health”.

That means people still need to stay at least six feet away from other people, or wear a mask or face covering when they cannot maintain that distance in public.

08:00 23/05/2020

Push to reduce two-metre rule as Government considers lifting more restrictions

Philip Ryan, Eilish O'Regan and Colm Keys

Ministers have pushed for the two-metre social distancing rule to be eased as the Government considers lifting more Covid-19 restrictions.

Separately, it emerged that new measures to alleviate the strain inflicted on children due to the coronavirus and allow them more freedom for activities this summer are expected shortly.

At a Cabinet meeting last night, some ministers suggested Ireland should follow other European countries in reducing the strict social distancing rule to one metre.

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