January 25, 2021

LATEST: 22 new cases of virus confirmed in Waterford

One more person has died after contracting the coronavirus as 255 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.

It brings the overall death toll as a result of the virus to 1,784. There are now 30,985 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the country.

A total of 22 new infections were recorded in Waterford, according to the latest daily briefing from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

The breakdown of the new cases is as follows: 156 in Dublin, 22 in Waterford, 13 in Donegal, 11 in Wicklow, 9 in Limerick, 8 in Kildare, 5 in Clare with the remaining 31 cases in Carlow, Cork, Galway, Kerry, Laois, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Offaly, Tipperary, Westmeath and Wexford.

The latest cases were confirmed as details of the Government’s medium term plan to deal with the virus emerged in reports today.

The ‘Living with Covid’ plan will be published on Tuesday, with ministers and officials still said to be finalising some details on the document this weekend.

According to reports, strict limits on household, indoor, outdoor and sporting events will still be in place until next April – even under the Government’s best-case scenario for living with Covid-19.

The Government’s plan is broken down into five different levels. Level five will be the most restrictive and similar to the lockdown in March and April. Level one will be the least restrictive, but still places limits on the numbers allowed in homes and at indoor and outdoor gatherings.

Meanwhile, Taoiseach Micheál Martin today said the Government’s plan for living with Covid-19 will involve a reduction of social contacts at all levels, even in the home, as that is where the disease is most prevalent.

Speaking on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics, Mr Martin said the priority is to keep schools and colleges open and everything would be done to achieve that, including prioriitising schools above sports and opening pubs.


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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