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Ireland's cases pass 25,000, Spain reports no new deaths for first time since March: Today's Covid-19 main points

Here’s what’s making headlines in relation to Covid-19 both here and abroad.

People enjoying the sun yesterday along the River Liffey in Newbridge, Co Kildare
People enjoying the sun yesterday along the River Liffey in Newbridge, Co Kildare
Image: Eamonn Farrell

Updated Jun 1st 2020, 6:00 PM

AN ADDITIONAL 77 confirmed cases Covid-19 have been reported in Ireland, bringing the overall number of cases here to 25,062.

The National Public Health Emergency Team has also announced that a further one person with Covid-19 had died. 

Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan said that as restrictions ease and we begin to resume social and economic life, “we must do all we can to prevent a second wave”.

Internationally, Britain partially reopened schools today and allowed the most vulnerable to venture outdoors. 

Here are today’s Covid-19 main points: 

  • Health officials have confirmed a further one person with Covid-19 has died in Ireland.
  • Healthcare workers are treated as being immune from Covid-19 for three months after first contracting the virus, according to the HSE.
  • Siptu’s health division has called on the Minister for Health to ensure information relating to the Covid-19 infection rates of all health workers is released without delay.
  • Dublin Zoo has confirmed that it will reopen to the public tomorrow in a reduced capacity and under new strict health and safety protocols
  • Northern Ireland’s hotels can reopen from 20 July as long as the rate of infection is under control, Stormont economy minister Diane Dodds has said.
  • Dublin City Council is investigating a number of options to provide the public with access to toilets in Dublin ahead of Phase 2 of easing Covid-19 restrictions on Friday. 
  • Askonefamily, a specialist helpline for one-parent families, has reported an 84% increase in calls when compared with the same period last year as parents struggle with life in lockdown.
  • Restaurants in Limerick city are to be allowed provide street tables as part of a proposed trial initiative by Limerick City and County Council to support local businesses as Covid-19 restrictions ease.
  • The Central Statistics Office (CSO) is asking people to be open to “telling Ireland’s story” of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Most universities and third-level colleges are returning rent fees to students, while also facing a €500 million funding gap because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Bike shops around the world, including Ireland, have been reporting record sales in recent months, RTÉ has reported

Here are today’s international Covid-19 points: 

  • Britain partially reopened schools today and allowed the most vulnerable to venture outdoors
  • The US recorded 598 Covid-19 deaths yesterday, bringing its total to 104,356 since the global pandemic began. 
  • Confirmed Covid-19 cases in Latin America have surged passed one million.
  • A contact tracing system is being rolled out across Wales as lockdown measures begin to be eased. 
  • Poverty in the occupied West Bank may double as Palestinians are slammed by the economic fallout of the pandemic, the World Bank has warned. 
  • Spain has reported no deaths in a 24-hour period from Covid-19 for the first time since March. On April 2, it recorded 950 deaths in 24 hours, the peak death toll.

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