COVID-19 UPDATE: Two new cases of virus in Waterford, fears of second wave as lockdown eases
The number of coronavirus cases in Waterford has risen to 146, according to the latest county-by-county breakdown of Covid-19 figures.
It represents an increase of two cases in recent days, but Waterford still continues to enjoy one of the lowest rates of infection in the country.
The latest breakdown of Covid-19 cases come as hundreds of shops reopen and tens of thousands of workers return to their jobs this morning.
Ten more deaths were recorded nationally yesterday, along with just 64 new cases. However, there is widespread nervousness among health officials that the spread of coronavirus could rise again.
Garden centres, DIY stores and golf courses will once again be open for business and construction workers are returning to building sites as part of the first major easing of restrictions since the coronavirus crisis began.
Four people from different households are now allowed to meet outside for the first time in months, however they will have to maintain two-metre physical distancing and stay within 5km of their homes.
Health Minister Simon Harris warned: “We are not out of the danger zone.”
Mr Harris urged people to continue practices such as social distancing and advised staying at home aside from the limited exceptions such as exercise and travelling to shops for items they need.
He cautioned that if the country gets the next few weeks wrong “we end up in real difficulty”.
Some 20,000 people are set to return to work in garden centres, hardware stores and other retailers such as phone shops and opticians.
Around 150,000 construction workers will also be returning to sites over the coming weeks.
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