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A wide range of Covid restrictions to be lifted, 44 people killed at an Israeli pilgrimage, and the North opens up pubs.

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Updated Apr 30th 2021, 9:00 AM

EVERY MORNING, The Journal brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.

1. #JEWISH TOMB SITE: At least 44 people have been killed in a massive stampede at a Jewish pilgrimage site in northern Israel, with rescue workers facing chaotic crowds while trying to evacuate the injured.

2. #LEVEL 3 PLUS: A wide range easing of restrictions has been announced by the Government in four bouts over May and June – starting with hairdressers, intercounty travel, retail and outdoor gatherings in May, and hospitality in June. 

3. #VACCINE: Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said there may be a “parallel” vaccination system as supplies begin to increase, vaccinating two cohorts at the same time.

4. #GARDAÍ: Five men have been arrested after a shot was fired at gardaí during a search operation in Cork city this evening. Pipe bombs and axes were seized.

5. #THE NORTH: Pubs, restaurants and cafés are allowed to reopen for outdoor dining in Northern Ireland from today.

6. #FACTCHECK: Yes, Black people are disproportionately affected by fatal US police shootings – Black people are fatally shot by US police at a higher rate than white people relative to their proportion of the population.

7. #VACCINES: There was an increase of 25% in the number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered this week compared to last week – here’s how our vaccine rollout is going.

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8. #GHOST SHIP FIRE: The fire brigade has “substantially extinguished” a blaze onboard the wreck of the former ‘ghost ship’ the MV Alta near Ballycotton in Co Cork.

9. #WTO: As virus cases and death tolls linked to Covid-19 continue to spiral in the global South, particularly in India, the World Trade Organization will meet today basis to discuss a proposal to waive intellectual property (IP) rules around vaccines.

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