A Further Four People Die From Covid 19 in Ireland
May 22 2020
Twelve new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Kildare this evening.
Nisra figures record all deaths where Covid-19 is mentioned on a death certificate.
There have been 51 additional confirmed cases of the virus, bringing the total to 24,251.
This brings the death toll to 1,561 - while there are now 24,251 confirmed cases in Ireland. This meant some construction work could start again, hardware stories could reopen and people could meet outdoors in small groups or play sports such as golf or tennis together.
· Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 60%, close contact accounts for 37%, travel overseas accounts for 3%.
He said: "On the first day of Ireland moving into Phase One of reopening we have experienced the lowest number of deaths since March 27th".
Health Minister Simon Harris has warned that although restrictions are beginning to lift, we are still at a crucial point with the virus. "We need to sustain this in the weeks and phases ahead".
However, some aspects of Ireland's exit plans have already come under scrutiny.
Earlier today senior health officials appeared before the Oireachtas' special committee on Covid-19.
"We will be urging that universal testing be implemented as soon as possible".
The statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team also confirmed that 4 people with Covid-19 have died after contracting the virus. HSELive is an information line and similarly not in a position to order testing for members of the public.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan and HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid contradicted each other today over employers receiving employees coronavirus results.