April 15, 2021

LATEST: Seven more cases of virus in Waterford as 217 new infections confirmed

There has been no further coronavirus related deaths but 217 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 29,025 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the country.

Seven new infections have been recorded in Waterford, according to the latest daily briefing from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

The new cases were confirmed as the Department of Education announced that just under 17% of Leaving Cert grades calculated by schools will be reduced under the Calculated Grades process.

The Department said trends show the national standardisation has resulted in a low number of grades being reduced, in the majority of cases by just one grade.

In a move that will be welcomed by disadvantaged schools, the Department said it did not rely on schools’ previous performances in its national standardisation process.

This decision was approved by the Cabinet today.


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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