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Organ appeal: Susan Mulligan (right), a kidney transplant recipient, came out of cocooning to meet her sister Julie Sutcliffe, a dialysis patient, at the Phoenix Park, Dublin, to highlight the Irish Kidney Association’s Virtual Run for a Life which celebrates organ donation. From Castlerea, Co Roscommon, the sisters share the same genetic polycystic kidney disease, along with two other siblings and their kidney transplant father. Within just a few months of Susan, who lives in Dublin 8, undergoing her kidney transplant in June 2019, Julie, a mother of two, who lives in Aughrim, Co Wicklow, commenced her twice-weekly journeys to Dublin for dialysis treatment at Tallaght Hospital. Photo: Conor McCabe Photography

Organ appeal: Susan Mulligan (right), a kidney transplant recipient, came out of cocooning to meet her sister Julie Sutcliffe, a dialysis patient, at the Phoenix Park, Dublin, to highlight the Irish Kidney Association’s Virtual Run for a Life which celebrates organ donation. From Castlerea, Co Roscommon, the sisters share the same genetic polycystic kidney disease, along with two other siblings and their kidney transplant father. Within just a few months of Susan, who lives in Dublin 8, undergoing her kidney transplant in June 2019, Julie, a mother of two, who lives in Aughrim, Co Wicklow, commenced her twice-weekly journeys to Dublin for dialysis treatment at Tallaght Hospital. Photo: Conor McCabe Photography

Organ appeal: Susan Mulligan (right), a kidney transplant recipient, came out of cocooning to meet her sister Julie Sutcliffe, a dialysis patient, at the Phoenix Park, Dublin, to highlight the Irish Kidney Association’s Virtual Run for a Life which celebrates organ donation. From Castlerea, Co Roscommon, the sisters share the same genetic polycystic kidney disease, along with two other siblings and their kidney transplant father. Within just a few months of Susan, who lives in Dublin 8, undergoing her kidney transplant in June 2019, Julie, a mother of two, who lives in Aughrim, Co Wicklow, commenced her twice-weekly journeys to Dublin for dialysis treatment at Tallaght Hospital. Photo: Conor McCabe Photography

The campaign to reduce the anti-Covid physical distancing rule from two metres to one metre was delivered a new setback with a major study showing the wider gap lessens the risk of infection.

Physical distancing of at least one metre lowers risk of Covid-19 transmission - but distances of two metres are more effective, the study in 'The Lancet' medical journal reveals.

It comes as the death toll fell to just one in the Republic yesterday - the second lowest daily fatality total since late March. However, another 77 new cases were diagnosed, signalling that, although it is circulating at a low level, it continues to pose a risk.