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Here's What Happened Today: Friday

The Keelings Fruit controversy, enhanced testing at nursing homes, and protests in the US.

NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.

IRELAND

9052 Lockdown day 21 A man sits on a bench outside The Auld Triangle in Dublin. Source: Leah Farrell

  • A further 44 deaths related to Covid-19 have been confirmed, and there are a further 597 confirmed cases
  • Keelings Fruit said that only 40 people locally have applied for work as seasonal fruit pickers after the company flying in nearly 200 Bulgarian workers this week.
  • Health Minister Simon Harris said that he hopes to lift restrictions placed upon the Irish public at the beginning of May
  • The HSE said that staff and residents at nursing homes will be tested; centres with at least one confirmed case of Covid-19 are being prioritised
  • The case of Lisa Smith, the former Defence Forces member charged with membership of ISIS, has been adjourned for three months
  • The Social Democrats has written to the leaders of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil looking for economic projections as they consider the offer to enter government.

WORLD

virus-outbreak-argentina A worker at the Manuel Belgrano public hospital stretches outside the public hospital on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Source: Natacha Pisarenko

#US: A growing wave of unrest over coronavirus lockdown measures appears to be rising in the US, with a number of protests taking place this week in various states. 

#OVER THE WATERS: The UK’s lockdown measures have been extended for three more weeks as the number of coronavirus cases passed 100,000. 

#REVISED FIGURES: The central Chinese city of Wuhan has revised its coronavirus death toll to 3,869, increasing the number of fatalities by 1,290. 

#CHERNOBYL: Thick smoke hung over Ukraine’s capital Kiev as forest fires smouldered on in the Chernobyl nuclear zone, but city officials said no radiation spike had been detected.

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