LATEST: 147 new cases of virus are confirmed, Taoiseach outlines what will happen if child shows Covid symptoms at school
There has been no further coronavrius releated deaths but 147 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.
The overall death toll as a result of the virus remains at 1,777. There are now 28,116 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country.
No new infections were recorded in Waterford, according to the latest daily briefing from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).
The latest cases were confirmed as preparations ahead of the reopening of the country’s schools over the coming days intensified.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin earlier said children and staff at schools will be prioritised for testing if they are suspected of having contracted Covid-19.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Claire Byrne, Mr Martin said he has been in contact with the head of the Health Service Executive (HSE), Paul Reid, who said there will be a “targeting of getting tests done quickly” for teachers, children and staff.
Mr Martin said NPHET will publish further public health guidance this week for schools.
The Taoiseach also outlined what will happen if a child is suspected of showing Covid symptoms in the classroom.
“If something emerges in the classroom the child will be brought to an isolation room. Their parents will be contacted, the GP will be contacted, and testing will take place. And then an assessment will be made by public health in terms of the nature of that case and the risk to others and then action will be taken. There will have to be fast attention and prioritisation,” Mr Martin said.
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