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Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday

Leaving Cert plans and the Covid-19 death toll in the UK made the headlines today.

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

IRELAND

Darkness into Light 007 Ava Poveda (11) joins Electric Ireland and Pieta House at a Darkness Into Light launch event in Greystones, Wicklow. Source: Andres Poveda

  • A further 37 deaths and 265 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Ireland.
  • Alternative assessment models were discussed by various stakeholders at a meeting about the holding of Leaving Cert examinations; most students want the exams to be cancelled, according to a new survey.
  • The broadening of criteria for Covid-19 testing raised questions about whether Ireland could once again face a major backlog
  • Bewley’s café on Grafton Street in Dublin city set to close with the loss of over 100 jobs, it was confirmed.
  • The GAA said no inter-county games will be played before October.

  • Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said the Pandemic Unemployment Payment will continue beyond its original end date but that the level of the payment may change.
  • The State will cover the majority of the cost of childcare for healthcare workers, Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone confirmed. 
  • A number of gardaí were ordered to self-isolate after at least one of their colleagues tested positive for Covid-19 at Mountjoy Garda Station.
  • John Waters and Gemma O’Doherty’s High Court challenge against laws introduced by the State due to the Covid-19 pandemic is doomed to failure, lawyers for the State argued.
  • Hairdressers are being offered “three or four times” the normal price of a salon haircut by clients desperate to have their hair done during the current lockdown, according to industry representatives.

WORLD 

899 A new artwork by Banksy, Game Changer, that celebrates NHS workers is now on view to staff and patients on Level C of Southampton General Hospital in England. Source: Banksy/Instagram via PA Images

#UK: The death toll from Covid-19 in the UK has surpassed 30,000 people - the highest death toll in Europe, and the second highest globally behind the US.

#NEW YORK: Fifteen children have been hospitalised in New York with a rare inflammatory disease possibly linked to coronavirus.

#GERMANY: Tributes were paid to Kraftwerk co-founder Florian Schneider, who died at the age of 73 from cancer.

PARTING SHOT 

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