October 19, 2021
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LATEST: Waterford among 306 new cases of virus as shops prepare to reopen for first time in six weeks

One more person has died after contracting the coronavirus as 306 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.

The overall death toll as a result of the virus now stands at 2,053. There are now 72,544 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: 108 are in Dublin, 30 in Limerick, 22 in Galway, 17 in Donegal, 15 in Wicklow, 14 in Cork with the remaining 100 cases are spread across 18 other counties, including five more infections in Waterford.

The latest cases were confirmed as shops across the country are prepare to reopen their doors tomorrow for the first time in six weeks.

Level 5 restrictions will begin to ease tomorrow, with restaurants and gastro pubs following suit on Friday.

The Government said it expects to see new cases of Covid-19 increasing in two weeks’ time after the restrictions are eased.

However, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly insisted there is no intention to reimpose tighter restrictions unless there is a significant rise in cases.

The Government is urging people to be vigilant and to plan ahead for Christmas as safely as possible to prevent another lockdown.

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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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