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Mandatory form for arrivals to Ireland and number of new cases exceeds 100 again: Today's Covid-19 main points

Here are the main stories about the pandemic today.

Updated May 22nd 2020, 6:13 PM

2902 Face masks A member of the public wearing a face masks in Dublin city. Source: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ie

THE CANCELLATION OF the Leaving Cert and the proposed calculated grades system is still being tested. One of the biggest teaching unions said last night it wasn’t on board before saying today it has been reassured. 

It comes as the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are already affecting global plans for next year as a rescheduled Olympics next year is looking doubtful. 

Here are today’s Covid-19 main points:

Ireland 

WORLD

  • A senior Olympics official has warned that holding the postponed Tokyo Games next year faces “real problems”, with even a vaccine unlikely to stave off the threat of the coronavirus.
  • The leader of Russia’s southern Chechnya region, Ramzan Kadyrov, is in hospital in Moscow suffering from suspected coronavirus.
  • International travellers could face spot checks and £1,000 fines if they fail to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in the UK. The rules, which do not apply to people travelling from Ireland, also have exemptions for road hauliers and medical officials.
  • UK pub chain Wetherspoon’s has said it will spend an initial £11 million making its 875 pubs Covid-19 secure. The chain said each pub will hire two full-time workers to regularly clean surfaces. 
  • Brazil’s death toll — the sixth highest of any country — has doubled in just 11 days. The epicentre of Latin America’s outbreak has now recorded more than 20,000 dead.
  • At a meeting of the National People’s Congress, China’s communist rulers avoided setting an annual growth target for the first time in decades. 
  • The leader of Russia’s southern Chechnya region, Ramzan Kadyrov, is in hospital in Moscow suffering from suspected coronavirus.

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