May 18, 2021

LATEST: A further 10 more deaths and 613 new cases of virus confirmed

A further 10 people have died after contracting the coronavirus  as 613 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.

The overall death toll as a result of the virus currently stands at 1,810. There are now 37,668 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the country, according to the latest daily briefing from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

The breakdown of the latest cases is as follows: 224 cases are in Dublin, 58 in Donegal, 46 in Cork, 44 in Kildare,31 in Limerick, 28 in Laois, 21 in Kerry, 19 in Galway, 17 in Clare, 13 in Meath, 12 in Louth, 12 in Monaghan, 9 in Offaly, 9 in Tipperary, 9 in Wicklow, 8 in Cavan, 8 in Wexford, 7 in Carlow, 7 in Sligo, 7 in Roscommon, 6 in Mayo, 5 in Kilkenny, 5 in Westmeath, with the remaining 7 cases in 3 counties.

The latest cases of the virus were confirmed as it emerged 6,184 students will get improved marks following a review of the Leaving Certificate calculated grades system.

All those affected will informed by text this evening and 610 schools will be impacted.

RTÉ this evening reported that the new file was sent to the CAO this afternoon.

Some 340 students are going to move from a H2 to a H1 grade while 892 will go from H3 to H2. The majority of the changes will take place between H5 to H4.

The Department of Education is publishing a review of the errors this evening.

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Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating, and 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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