September 26, 2020
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LATEST: No further deaths but 53 new cases, Government to introduce random testing at airports

There has been no further coronavirus deaths but 53 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.

It means the overall death toll as a result of the virus remains at 1,763. There are now 26,162 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the country, according to the latest daily briefing from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

No new cases of the virus were recorded in Waterford, which remains the same at just 166 or less than one per cent of the overall total.

The latest cases were confirmed as it emerged the Government is set to introduce random testing at airports.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said the measure is being taken because the “international situation is becoming more volatile”.

The minister told RTÉ’s The Week programme: “We’re introducing random testing at the airports and an increased public health presence and we’re examining other options as well for further restrictions on non-essential travel because … the international situation is becoming more volatile.”

PHOTO: Passengers undergo Covid-19 testing at an airport in Greece

 

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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