October 18, 2021
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LATEST: No further deaths but 45 new cases, Government to call time on reopening of pubs

There has been no further coronavirus-related deaths but 45 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.

It means the overall death toll as a result of the virus remains at 1,763. There are now 26,253 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, according to the latest daily briefing from the Naitonal Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

No new infections were recorded in Waterford, where the number of cases remains at just 166 – less than one percent of the overall total and the lowest levels of the virus in the country.

The latest cases were confirmed as Tánaiste Leo Varadkar signalled that the planned reopening of pubs under Phase 4 of the easing of restrictions would not proceed as planned.

Speaking ahead of today’s Cabinet meeting, Mr Varadkar said NPHET has advised the Government to take a “cautious approach”.

“I know what will come as a further blow to some of the sectors that can’t be reopened. But we just can’t risk moving backward or risk schools reopening,” the Tánaiste added.


Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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