October 18, 2021

LATEST: No further deaths and 12 new cases, Tánaiste outlines range of new measures as schools prepare to reopen

No further coronavirus-related deaths and 12 new cases of Covid-19 were reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.

It means the overall death toll as a result of the virus remains at 1,764. There are now 25,881 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the country, according to the latest daily briefing from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

The number of cases in Waterford remains the same at 166, less than one percent of the overall total.

The latest cases were confirmed as Tánaiste Leo Varadkar revealed that the Government’s plan to reopen schools next month involves a range of measures, including investment in changes to school buildings, more teachers, and strict cleaning regimes.

Speaking on RTÉ’s The Week In Politics, Mr Varadkar said the plan was “very good” and was ready to go to cabinet tomorrow.

Mr Varadkar said the plan involves big investment in changes to school buildings, more teachers, cleaning regimes and “all sorts of practices and procedures that may occur” if a case of Covid-19 arises.

The Tánaiste  said the plan will also address the concerns of children and teachers who are considered vulnerable to the virus.

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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