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Friday 5 June, 2020

'Phase Two Plus' to go ahead on Monday, pandemic payments to continue until August: Today's Covid-19 main points

Here are the main coronavirus stories you need to know today.

Groups of up to six people allowed to meet indoors or outdoors from Monday

Up to 15 people can also meet for outdoor sporting activities, including summer camps for children.

Most shops to reopen from Monday — shopping centres to reopen from 15 June

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed that some business restrictions will be lifted from Monday.

Taoiseach announces 'accelerated' roadmap: Here's how Ireland now plans to reopen by 20 July

There will be four phases of easing Covid-19 restrictions, rather than five.


UK backtracking on key Brexit commitments, says Michel Barnier

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier lamented that no progress had been made in the fourth round of post-Brexit trade talks

Over 32,000 people sign petition calling for government to end Direct Provision

The system was set up as a temporary measure in 1999.

UK human rights watchdog to launch inquiry into racial inequalities surrounding Covid-19

The EHRC said it was a “once in a generation” opportunity to tackle deep-seated inequalities.

Investigation into late reporting of 244 cases of Covid-19 finds Mater Hospital acted legally

Controversy arose last month after it emerged that there was a delay in the reporting of the cases.

From The42 'I haven’t told many friends about the racist encounters on the football field' Stefan Okunbor

'I haven’t told many friends about the racist encounters on the football field'

Kerry All-Ireland winner and current Australian Rules player Stefan Okunbor on his experiences of racism in Ireland.

OPW confirms majority of Phoenix Park gates to remain closed to vehicular traffic

Many gates in the park were closed in March following the introduction of Covid-19 restrictions.

Glock pistol and MDMA tablets worth €360,000 seized in Dublin

Three men were arrested, and they can be held for up to seven days.

Only the US and UK have more Covid-19 deaths than Brazil as toll exceeds 34,000

A further 1,473 deaths in the space of 24 hours saw the death toll in Brazil overtake Italy’s.

New York police officers suspended after 75 year-old shoved to ground and left in serious condition at protest

A video of the incident by local radio station WBFO went viral after being posted on social media.

The 9 at 9: Friday

Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.

HSE says just one meat plant where contact tracing is at '60-70%'

Minister Simon Harris said yesterday that there “are a number of cases in which there are contact and communications difficulties”.

Poll: Will you wear a mask when you use public transport? Face Covering This post contains a poll

Poll: Will you wear a mask when you use public transport?

It will be mandatory in England from mid-June but advice on wearing face coverings here is guidance, not a rule.

High blood pressure can double risk of Covid-19 death, study says

The new research was published today in the European Heart Journal.

Professor Sam McConkey: The reality is it could be November before schools are back in full

But Professor McConkey says if we went for a trial return this month, schools could be up and running by September.

More Republicans rebuke Trump over lack of unity in America as memorial service held for George Floyd

After Lisa Murkowski added to the criticism of the president, he warned of the consequences if Republicans turn against him.

Businesses call for detail on Northern Ireland protocol from British government

A Brexit working group of NI businesses said more details were needed to help prepare for 1 January 2021.

Safety expert: 'Some businesses are using return-to-work plans as a fig leaf - they're not sure what it's meant to do'

Workplaces are grappling with the pandemic-related safety requirements ahead of reopening.

Debunked: No, leaving hand sanitiser in your car during hot weather won’t cause it to catch fire

False claims on Facebook suggests the flammable liquid poses a threat if left in a hot car.

Dublin Lord Mayor asks people to sign book of condolence for George Floyd rather than protest tomorrow

So far, 1,900 people have signed the book of condolence for Geroge Floyd whose murder has sparked protests around the world.

Airbnb plans to cut 35% of its Dublin workforce with around 190 jobs to go

Employees are being consulted as part of the redundancy process.

Thursday 4 June, 2020

Cabinet set to sign off on Ireland proceeding to Phase Two of reopening

There will be some changes to the published roadmap.

Only three weeks to finalise plans for Brexit checks at ports, warns senior official

The UK government’s Brexit deal means checks are needed at ports in Northern Ireland.

Potential increase in reproductive rate, and face coverings mandatory in UK: Today's Covid-19 main points

Ireland is on course to enter Phase Two of re-opening next Monday.

Hydroxychloroquine study in Lancet pulled after authors couldn't verify data

The now-retracted study found that hydroxychloroquine showed no benefit against the coronavirus – and even increased the risk of dying in hospital.


Quiz: How well do you know these iconic magazine covers?

A midwife from Tyrone appears on the cover of the July edition of British Vogue.

From The42 Chelsea close in on signing German striker Werner despite Liverpool interest On The Move

Chelsea close in on signing German striker Werner despite Liverpool interest

The RB Leipzig player looks bound for Stamford Bridge.

What we know about the suspect in Madeleine McCann's disappearance

The German national was 30 years old when three-year-old Madeleine vanished in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in 2007.

Crowds gather to celebrate and mourn George Floyd at Minneapolis memorial

Civil rights activists and politicians gathered at the memorial for George Floyd, whose death has sparked protests across the US.

Here's What Happened Today: Thursday

Here’s what made the headlines today.


Number of people in emergency accommodation remains below 10,000, latest figures show

Figures for April show that there were 572 fewer people in emergency accommodation compared to March.

Trailer Watch: Which film will you stream this weekend? Nights In This post contains a poll

Trailer Watch: Which film will you stream this weekend?

Cinemas might be closed, but there are other ways to watch. Here are a few options.

From The42 FAI accept Bohemians' apology over breach of training guidelines during Covid-19 pandemic Return To Play

FAI accept Bohemians' apology over breach of training guidelines during Covid-19 pandemic

The club have been following government advice rather than the FAI’s by returning to training in small groups.

House parties being 'organised with abandon', warns Chief Medical Officer

Dr Tony Holohan was speaking ahead of a planned easing of Covid-19 restrictions on Monday.

Your evening longread: He lost his leg, then rediscovered the bicycle

It’s a coronavirus-free zone as we bring you an interesting longread each evening to take your mind off the news.

'It's not necessary anymore': Aer Lingus wants rid of the two-week quarantine for people flying into Ireland

The Irish airline has echoed calls made by Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary.