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Leaving Cert exams cancelled and 156 new cases: Today's Covid-19 main points

Here are the main developments today.

LAST UPDATE | 8 May 2020

THE DEPARTMENT OF Health has this evening confirmed there are a further 27 deaths and 156 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland. 

It brings the total number of cases to 22,541, while the overall death toll from the virus in Ireland is 1,429.

Meanwhile, the government has decided to cancel the Leaving Cert exams which were previously due to begin on 29 July. 

Instead, students will now be offered the option of accepting grades calculated by their teachers or sitting the Leaving Certificate at a later date when it is safe to do so. 

Officials had been scrambling for weeks to accommodate holding the State exams and the Cabinet today reached this decision. 

Here are today’s Covid-19 main points:



  • After conflicting reports in UK newspapers about the length of lockdown, a member of the UK’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies says it could jeopardise social distancing. 
  • Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a three-stage plan to reopen the country. 
  • Hong Kong has also begun to ease major social distancing measures with bars, gyms, beauty parlours and cinemas reopening their doors.

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