Friday, July 10, 2020

LATEST: Coronavirus updates from Ireland

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We have the LATEST live updates from the coronavirus outbreak in Ireland!

Ireland first took a quite relaxed approach to the virus, but when it started to escalate, they first introduced a lockdown to then introduce one of the hardest lockdowns any country has imposed.

The Irish approach seems to be to prioritize life over the economy.

Total number of cases: 24,841. Total number of deaths: 1,639.

28 May


9 new deaths today in Ireland.

18 May


Ireland reports its LOWEST number of new deaths since the 25th of March.

Ireland reported just 4 new deaths today, taking the total number to 1,547 deaths.

This is the lowest number of new deaths since the 25th of March, when Ireland reporte 2 deaths.

Ireland further reports 88 new cases, which takes the total number to 24,200.

2 May


Ireland announces lockdown exit strategy.

The Government has now announced the lockdown exit strategy, which will start on the 18th of May.

The plan sets out 5 phases, for easing the lockdown.

Phase 1 (18 May)

• Outdoor workers (like builders and gardeners) will be able to return to work.
• Some retail outlets – such as garden centres, hardware stores, homewares and repair shops – will reopen.
• Some outdoor sporting activities, in small groups with a maximum of 4 people, will be allowed.
• Outdoor public amenities and tourism sites where people are “non-stationary” and can maintain social distancing.
• Outdoor public sports amenities such as football and rugby pitches, tennis courts and golf courses will be reopened where social distancing can be maintained.
• It will also be possible to meet up to four friends and family from other households outdoors while maintaining strict social distancing.


Phase 2 (8 June)

• Restrictions on exercise will be extended from within 5km of your home to 20km.
• Workers that can maintain a two-metre distance from colleagues constantly will be allowed to return to work.
• Remote working will be maintained for all those who can do so.
• Small retail outlets with small number of staff will be allowed reopen on the basis that the retailer can control the number of individuals that staff and customers interact with at any one time.
• Livestock marts where social distancing can be maintained will be reopened.
• Specific retail hours will be designated across all retailers for people who are cocooning. Visits to the homes of those who are cocooning will also be permitted where they involve a small number of people for a short period of time using personal protective equipment and observing social distancing
• Public libraries will be reopened with limited numbers.
• Up to four people will be allowed visit other households for a short period while maintaining social distancing.
• People will be permitted to engage in outdoor sporting and fitness activities, involving small group team sports training (but not matches) where social distancing can be maintained and where there is no contact.


Phase 3 (29 June)

• Open cafés and restaurants providing on-premises food and drink where they can comply with social distancing measures and strict cleaning in operation.
• Organisations where employees have low levels of daily interaction with people and where social distancing can be maintained will be allowed reopen.
• Phase in the opening of all other non-essential retail outlets on basis of restriction on the number of staff and customers per square metre so that social distancing can be maintained.
• This is to be limited to retail outlets with street-level entrance and exit, for example those which are not in enclosed shopping centres, due to higher risk.
• Crèches, childminders and preschools will reopen for children of essential workers in phased manner with social distancing and other requirements applying.
• Open playgrounds where social distancing and hygiene can be maintained.
• Permit “behind closed doors” sporting activities events where arrangements are in place to enable participants to maintain social distancing.


Phase 4 (20 July)

• Commence loosening restrictions on higher-risk services like hairdressers and barbers that involve direct physical contact for periods of time between people and for which there is a population-wide demand.
• At this point, travel outside of your region will be permitted.
• Slightly larger number of people may visit another household for a short period of time while maintaining social distancing
• Small social gatherings by family and close friends limited to a maximum number of attendees for a limited period of time where social distancing can be maintained.
• Small social (non-family) gatherings will be allowed, limited to a maximum number of participants for a limited period of time where social distancing can be maintained.
• Re-opening of crèches, childminders and preschools for children of all other workers on a gradually increasing phased basis (for example one day per week) and slowly increasing thereafter.
• Organisations where employees cannot remote work to be considered first for return to onsite working arrangements.
• Museums, art galleries, and other cultural outlets where people are non-stationary, social distancing can be maintained and strict hand hygiene on entry.
• Religious and places of worship where social distancing can be maintained will be re-opened.
• Re-open public swimming pools where effective cleaning can be carried out and social distancing can be maintained.
• Re-opening of hotels, hostels, caravan parks, holiday parks for social and tourist activities initially on a limited occupancy basis (or number of people per square metre) and then increasing over time (and where social distancing is complied with). Hotel bars will remain closed.
• It is suggested that staggered hours should be operated to increase the number of workers available for work in any 24-hour period, as long as they can limit the number of workers interacting with each other.
• Permit sports team leagues, but only where limitations are placed on the numbers of spectators and where social distancing can be maintained.


Phase 5 (10 August)

• This stage will see the lifting of almost all restrictions. However, large social gatherings such as large weddings will continue to be restricted due to risk.
• Visiting rules for hospitals, residential healthcare centre and other residential settings, including prisons, will return to normal.
• Pubs and bars will be reopened where social distancing and strict cleaning can be complied with.
• Opening of enclosed shopping centres where social distancing can be maintained.
• Theatres and cinemas will re-open where social distancing can be maintained
• Sports that involve close physical contact, like rugby, boxing and wrestling, will resume.
• Gyms, exercise and sports clubs will be allowed reopen where regular and effective cleaning can be carried out and social distancing can be maintained.
• Further loosening of restrictions on services involving direct physical contact for periods of time between people for which there is not a population-wide demand.
• Spectator sporting events which involve mass gatherings will be allowed resume in accordance with both indoor and outdoor numbers restrictions and where social distancing can be complied with.
• Festivals, events and other social and cultural mass gatherings will be allowed take place in accordance with both indoor and outdoor numbers and where social distancing can be complied with.
• Indoor recreational venues will be allowed reopen where numbers can be limited, cleaning can be maintained, restrictions where social distancing can be complied with.
• Schools and universities will return at the beginning of the 2020/2021 academic year.


28 April


Ireland reports 59 new deaths today.

The total numbers are now 19,887 cases and 1,159 deaths.

24 April


Ireland reports 577 new cases and 37 new deaths.

The total numbers are now 18,184 cases and 1,014 deaths.

20 April


Ireland reports its biggest increase in number of new deaths.

Ireland reports 77 new deaths today, taking the total number to 687.

Another 401 cases have been reported, taking the total to 15,652.

19 April


Ireland reports 445 new cases and 39 new deaths.

Another 48 cases have been diagnosed by a German lab as well, taking today’s total number to 493.

17 April


Ireland reports 597 new cases and 44 new deaths.

Another 112 cases have been diagnosed by a German lab as well, taking today’s total number to 709.

The total number now stands at 13,980 cases and 530 deaths.

16 April


Ireland reports 629 new cases and 43 new deaths.

Another 95 cases have been diagnosed by a German lab as well, taking today’s total number to 724.

The total number now stands at 13,271 cases and 486 deaths.

15 April


Ireland reports 657 new cases and 38 new deaths.

Another 411 cases have been diagnosed by a German lab as well, taking today’s total number to 1,068.

The total numbers are now 12,547 cases and 444 deaths.

14 April


Ireland reports 548 new cases and 41 new deaths.

Another 284 cases have been diagnosed by a German lab as well, taking today’s total number to 832.

The total numbers are now 11,479 cases and 406 deaths.


Sinn Feil leader Mary Lou McDonald has been tested positive for coronavirus.

The leader of the Irish party Sinn Fein confirms that she has been tested positive for the coronavirus.

McDonald received the test results from 28th of March, where she tested positive. She said she suffered a setback in her recovery with post-viral pleurisy in her right lung.

McDonald says that “the public health doctor informs me that I am no longer infected or infectious, and this is a great relief after weeks of being very unwell” and that she will be “back to work next monday”.

13 April


Ireland reports 527 new cases and 31 new deaths.

Another 465 cases has been confirmed from a German labratory.

The total numbers are now 10,647 cases and 365 deaths.

12 April


Analysis: Why is Norway tackling the coronavirus outbreak better than Ireland, even though Ireland has a much HARDER lockdown?

As we wrote in our other article, a lockdown in a non-authoritarian state will only work if the people are onboard.

So, has the lockdown worked so far in Ireland?

Comparing Ireland to Norway, Ireland has now almost 10,000 cases and over 300 deaths, whilst Norway has only 6,500 cases and 128 deaths.

This means that Ireland (with about the same population) has almost 3x the deaths in Norway.

And to add, Norway has done 126,000 tests whilst Ireland has only done 53,000 tests.

So Norway has much better numbers than Ireland.

So, why is Norway better off even though Ireland has a much harder lockdown?

It’s down to what the people do.

In Ireland, there are numerous of reports of people breaching the lockdown rules.

And that the supermarkets are more crowded than usually (which is maybe because it’s the only place they are allowed to go).

And, the Irish are generally much more social than the Norwegians.

And what about Norway?

The Norwegians seems to take the virus more seriously than the Irish.

  • The Norwegian lockdown is more respected. Maybe because it still gives people freedom to move, not locking them into solitary confinement in their houses.
  • Add to it that many Norwegians have social distancing as standard, even without a lockdown, and it is easy to see why it has worked better.

A lockdown in a non-authoritarian state works only if the people are onboard.

If a lockdown works is down to people, not the government.

A lockdown can be hard, or not. If it works is down to what the people do.

Read more about this topic here.


727 new cases and 14 new deaths.

Ireland reports 727 new cases and 14 new deaths today.

297 of these are from German labratory.

11 April


553 new cases and 33 new deaths.

Ireland reports 553 new cases and 33 new deaths today.

In addition to the 553 new cases today, a further 286 older cases have been confirmed by a laboratory in Germany.

The total numbers are now 8,928 cases and 320 deaths.

10 April


Ireland to extend lockdown until at least 5 May.

The Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has announced that the coronavirus lockdown will be in place until Tuesday 5 May.

Leo said that it is hoped to unwind the measures after the three week extension, but he said that depended on what the position is then.

He also said that the measurements would not be eased in one go and that it would have to be done bit by bit.

Leo also said that the spread has been slowed, but it has not been stopped, and that too many people had died and “many more will die and many more will get sick before this is over”.


480 new cases and 25 new deaths.

Ireland reports 480 new cases and 25 new deaths, taking the total number to 7,054 cases and 288 deaths.

9 April


500 new cases and 28 new deaths.

Ireland reports 500 new cases and 28 new deaths, taking the total number to 6,574 cases and 263 deaths.

8 April


25 new deaths and 365 new cases.

Ireland reports 365 new cases and 25 new deaths, taking the total number to 6,074 cases and 235 deaths.

7 April


24 of the deaths today had underlying health issues.

24 of today’s Covid-19 deaths had underlying health issues, whilst 12 had no underlying issues.


Ireland reports 345 new cases and 36 new deaths.

The total numbers are now 5,709 cases and 210 deaths.

6 April


Ireland reports 370 new cases and 16 new deaths.

The total numbers are now 5,364 cases and 174 deaths.

5 April


1,203 people have been hospitalised so far.

1,203 cases (27%) have been hospitalised as of the data from 3 March. Of those, 165 people have been admitted to ICU.

47% of the total cases from 3 March are men, whilst 53% are women.


9 died today without under-lying health issues.

9 people died today in Ireland by coronavirus without under-lying health issues.

17 were located in the East, 2 in the South and 2 in the West.


Ireland reports 390 new cases and 21 new deaths.

The total numbers are now 4,994 cases and 158 deaths.

4 April


Majority of people admitted to ICU are under 65.

The majority of patients admitted to intensive care units to be treated for Coronavirus are under 65 years of age.

The latest number show that of the 148 admitted to ICU, 59 (39.8%) were over 65 whilst the rest (over 60%) were under 65.


15 deaths were in the east, one in the south and one in the west.


17 new deaths and 331 new cases today.

The total numbers are now 4,604 cases and 137 deaths.

3 April


110 in intensive care.

A total of 156 have been admitted to intensive care units in Ireland so far. Of these, 31 have been discharged and 15 have died. The total number in intensive care right now is 110.


Ireland reports 424 new cases and 22 new deaths.

Ireland reports 424 new cases and 22 new deaths today, which is the biggest increase in both cases and deaths in one day so far.

11 of the deaths were men, and 11 women. 18 were from the East, 3 in the South and 1 in the West.

The total numbers are now 4,273 cases and 120 deaths.

2 April


From the Department of Healths daily briefing on the Coronavirus.


26% of all cases are associated with healthcare workers, which is 841 people. 


Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has said that 932 people have been hospitalised so far, and of those are 134 in intensive cares. 25 have been discharged.


Ireland reports 402 new cases and 13 new deaths, taking the total number to 3849 cases and 98 deaths. The death rate remains on 2,5%.

1 April


Ireland reports 212 new cases and 14 new deaths, taking the total number to 3447 cases and 85 deaths. The death rate is now 2,5%.

31 March


Ireland reports 325 new cases and 17 new deaths today, taking the total number to 3,235 cases and 71 deaths.

30 March


Ireland currently have 2,910 cases and 54 deaths.

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Paul Imanuelsen
Paul Imanuelsen
Paul Imanuelsen is the founder and main writer for Latest from Europe. He is a Swedish photographer and the author of 5 books.

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