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Coronavirus: 11 More Deaths And 115 New Cases In Republic

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

06:25 22 May 2020


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There have been another 11 coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic.

The death toll in the country to date is now 1,592.

115 new cases have also been confirmed in the past 24 hours, with the total since the outbreak now standing at 24,506.

It follows six days in a row where the number of new cases remained below 100.

Meanwhile, new measures are being introduced as part of the Government's response to the coronavirus crisis.

From next Thursday it will be a criminal offence for anyone arriving into the country not to fill in a locator form spelling out where they'll be self-isolating.

Cabinet Ministers approved the decision this afternoon.

Spot checks will be carried out to make sure people are isolating for 14 days.

The penalties for non-compliance will be a maximum six month jail term or a fine of up to €2,500.

However, the regulations won't apply to people coming into the country from Northern Ireland.

Ministers have also approved an extra €6.8 billion for the budget of the Department of Social Protection, in order to meet the extra cost of COVID-19 welfare payments

Main image: File photo of Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews.ie

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