Coronavirus: 43 More Deaths In...


Coronavirus: 43 More Deaths In Ireland

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

06:57 16 Apr 2020

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There have been 43 further coronavirus-related deaths here.

New figures also show that 629 new cases of the virus have been confirmed here, along with 95 back from a lab in Germany.

It brings the total Irish death toll to 486.

While the number of confirmed cases stands at 13,271.

Some 34 of today's reported deaths were in the east of the country, four in the west and five in the south.

These included 22 men and 21 women with a median age of 84.

While 27 people were reported as having underlying health conditions.

coronavirus Source: Government of Ireland

It comes as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar warned restrictions may not be lifted on May 5th.

Speaking in the Dáil earlier, he said normal life will not fully return until there is a vaccine for COVID-19.

"I don't yet know if we'll be able to relax restrictions on the 5th of May - but I do know that if we can at all, it's going to be gradual and will happen over a number of months.

"As we know from Asia, they may even need to be reimposed again because only a scientific breakthrough - a vaccine or an effective anti-viral medicine - will truly allow life to go back to being as it was".

Meanwhile the coronavirus lockdown in Britain is to continue for at least another three weeks.

The number of COVID-19 patients who have died there has risen to more than 13,700, after another 861 deaths were recorded.

This includes a total of 158 deaths in Northern Ireland.

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