Live coronavirus updates from Ireland. 

June 5 - 2,206 deaths, 29,939 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:15 pm EST: There are 28 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,163 according to Ireland's Department of Health. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 7 confirmed cases. The figure of 25,163 confirmed cases reflects this.)

There have been seven more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,670. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 1,670 deaths reflects this.)

There have now been ‭2,206‬ ‭‭‭‭‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭29,939‬ ‭‭‭‭‭confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 6.69 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 392,200 deaths and more than 2.90 million recoveries.

Update 11:05 am EST: There are three newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,776.

To date, 57,007 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There has been one more coronavirus-related death reported in Northern Ireland. (None occurred within the current reporting period and one occurred outside of the current reporting period.) The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland is 536 according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health

Update 10:40 am EST: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced on Friday afternoon that the Government's Roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions would be accelerated. There will now only be four phases in the Roadmap, with the country set to fully reopen on July 20. You can see full details here. 

Update 5:50 am EST: Irish people could be permitted to travel abroad within weeks, according to Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation Heather Humphreys. 

Humphreys was speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland and said that the Irish Government planned to reintroduce travel to countries that had flattened their curve to the same degree as Ireland. 

She said that the Government wasn't encouraging people to book holidays yet but that plans are in place to allow foreign travel as soon as it is safe to do so. 

A number of popular European tourist destinations - like Spain, Greece, and Portugal - have already announced that they will open their borders to tourists from certain countries later in the summer. 

Earlier in the year, Minister for Health Simon Harris said that foreign travel was highly unlikely in 2020 at a time when Ireland faced its coronavirus peak. 

June 4 - ‭2,199‬ deaths, 29,915 cases on island of Ireland

Update 4:30 pm EST: Ireland could be entering the next phase of its roadmap to reopen the country's society and economy this coming Monday, June 8. You can read more about what that entails here.

Update 3:35 pm EST: Ireland's Minister for Health Simon Harris said today that there has been a slight increase in the reproductive rate of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland. 

Speaking in the Dail, Minister Harris said there is a "slight potential increase" and that data suggests the reproductive rate is now between 0.4 and 0.7.

He noted, however, that the rate is still below 1, which shows that Ireland is succeeding in suppressing the virus.

Update 3:15 pm EST: The previous update did not include the new global figures for coronavirus.

Globally, as of today, there are more than 6.57 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 387,800 deaths and more than 2.83 million recoveries.

Update 2:15 pm EST: There are 38 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,142 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been five more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,664.

There have now been ‭‭‭‭2,199‬ ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭‭‭‭29,915‬ confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Update 11:05 am EST: There are 33 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,773.

To date, 55,909 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There has been one more coronavirus-related death reported in Northern Ireland. (One occurred within the current reporting period and none occurred outside of the current reporting period.) The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland is 535 according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health

June 3 - 2,193‬ deaths, 29,851‬ confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:55 pm EST: Ireland's Health Minister Simon Harris said on Twitter yesterday that while racism "disgusts" him, the public health advice remains that mass gatherings cannot occur.

His comments came a day after thousands of people marched in Dublin in support of Black Lives Matter.

"We're all sickened by racism," Harris said, "but mass gatherings that don't practice social distancing, at the moment are not possible."

Tuesday night #Covid19 update - new cases, meetings with nurses and healthcare assistants & nursing homes, visiting NCBI tomorrow, meeting with disability organisation & letters from young people across the country https://t.co/wADEaAdIyd

— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) June 2, 2020

Dr. Tony Holohan, Ireland's Chief Medical Officer, also said on Tuesday: "Now is not the right time to be attending events that have the potential to become mass gatherings, if many more like-minded people like you, however well-motivated, attend."

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says mass gatherings shouldn't be organised and shouldn't be attended. He says some events took place at the weekend that were not in keeping with that | Read more: https://t.co/i0jqIZuB4f pic.twitter.com/4Q7VT04uiG

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) June 3, 2020

Update 1:55 pm EST: In today's press briefing, Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Ireland's Department of Health shared "positive news" about the overall recovery rate in the country.

Dr. Glynn said: "Our recovery rate is now at 91%. This is positive news and confirms the expectation that most people who get COVID-19 will recover.

"However, it remains the case that this is an unpredictable virus, and the prognosis for any one individual diagnosed, regardless of their current health, remains uncertain. Use hse.ie and gov.ie/health to stay informed and learn the behaviours that will keep you protected."

Update 1:50 pm EST: There are 47 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,111 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been three more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,659. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 deaths. The figure of 1,659 deaths reflects this.)

There have now been ‭‭‭2,193‬ ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭‭‭29,851‬ confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 6.43 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 382,000 deaths and more than 2.76 million recoveries.

Update 11:20 am EST: There are eight newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,740.

To date, 54,592 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been eight more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland. (Two occurred within the current reporting period and the other six occurred outside of the current reporting period.) The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland is 534 according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health

June 2 - 2,184 deaths, 29,798 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 4:00 pm EST: An Garda Síochána said in a statement today that the "vast majority are continuing to adhere to the public health guidelines" in Ireland.

Gardaí have invoked enforcement powers under the Covid-19 Public Health regulations 289 times since April 8.

The statement said there have been 88 instances of members of the public spitting or coughing at Gardaí.

Update 1:35 pm EST: There are 10 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,066 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been eight more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,658. 

There have now been ‭‭2,184‬ ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭‭29,798‬ confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 6.31 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 376,800 deaths and more than 2.72 million recoveries.

Update 1:25 pm EST: There are four newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,732.

To date, 53,704 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been two more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland, both of which occurred within the current reporting period. The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland remains at 526 according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health

June 1 - 2,174 deaths, 29,790 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:45 pm EST: There are 77 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 25,062 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There has been one more coronavirus-related death in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,650. (Three deaths have been denotified.)

There have now been ‭‭2,174‬ ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭29,790‬ confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 6.21 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 373,200 deaths and more than 2.66 million recoveries.

Update 10:30 am EST: There are 12 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,728.

To date, 53,121 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There has been one more coronavirus-related death reported in Northern Ireland. (One death occurred within the current reporting period, and zero occurred outside of the current reporting period.) The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland remains at 524 according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health. 

May 31 - 2,175 deaths, 29,706 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 12:30 pm EST: There have been 66 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland two further deaths, according to the Department of Health

There have now been 24,990 cases of the virus in Ireland and 1,652 deaths. 

The number of COVID-19 patients in ICU in Irish hospitals continues to fall, with 36 patients in ICU as of last night along with 13 suspected cases of the virus. 

There were 42 confirmed cases and 21 suspected cases in ICU on Friday night. 

A further reduction in the number of people with #Covid19 in ICU in Irish hospitals today. Now stands at 36 patients. There was 160 people last month! We are making really progress thanks to you. We think of all those sick & their families & those caring for them. Keep well pic.twitter.com/6B1HAGFPUM

— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) May 31, 2020

More than 22,000 people have recovered from the virus in the Republic of Ireland as the country prepares to move to Phase 2 of its roadmap to ease COVID-19 restrictions on June 8. 

There have been 29,706 cases and 2,175 deaths on the island of Ireland. 

Update 11 am EST: There has been one further death in Northern Ireland due to COVID-19. 

Northern Ireland's death toll now stands at 523. 

The Northern Ireland Department of Health also confirmed seven additional cases of the virus, bringing the region's overall tally to 4,716. 

May 30 - 2,173 deaths and 29,638 confirmed cases on the island of Ireland 

Update 12:35 pm EST: Nine further COVID-19 patients have died in Ireland, taking the country's death toll to 1,651.  (Three deaths were denotified by the HPSC.)

The Department of Health also announced 59 additional cases of the virus as Ireland's coronavirus tally rose to 24,929. 

There are 42 COVID-19 patients in ICU in hospitals around the country, just over one-quarter of the peak of 160 patients in April. 

A further 21 people suspected of having COVID-19 are being treated in intensive care. 

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 also continues to fall and now stands at 171, the lowest the figure has been since early March. 

Another drop in the number of patients in Irish hospitals with #Covid19. Confirmed cases in hospital is now 171. Down 22 on yesterday. Stay safe everyone, practice social distancing, cough etiquette & hand washing. We wish all those sick well & we think of them & their families pic.twitter.com/McIUPTr0BS

— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) May 30, 2020

More than 22,000 people have recovered from the virus in Ireland. 

There have been 2,173 deaths and 29,638 cases of the coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Update 11:05 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced that one further person has died in the region from COVID-19. 

Northern Ireland's death toll now stands at 522. 

There were also 13 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Northern Ireland as the region's tally rose to 4,709.

Update 7:50 am EST: The HSE is to begin testing its new contact tracing app next week as Ireland looks to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

However, it will take a significant amount of time before the app becomes available to the wider public, according to RTÉ News. 

The app will notify users if they have come into close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus. 

The app uses exposure notification framework designed by Apple and Google in a joint venture to notify people if they are at risk of contracting the virus. 

If a user comes into close contact with someone else who uses the app and later contracts the coronavirus, the app will notify the other user that they are at risk. 

Google and Apple's API prohibits the use of any location data on the app and also stores private information on an individual's device, rather than in a centralized database in a bid to protect user privacy.  

May 29 - 2,166‬ deaths, 29,572‬ confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:45 pm EST: There are 39 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 24,876 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been six more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,645.

There have now been ‭‭2,166‬ ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭‭29,572‬ confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 5.86 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 362,200 deaths and more than 2.46 million recoveries.

Update 12:45 pm EST: There are 17 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,696.

To date, 50,524 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been three more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland. (One death occurred within the current reporting period, and two occurred outside of the current reporting period.) The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland remains at 521 according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health

Update 11:15 am EST: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced today that the government is planning to reopen primary and secondary schools in the Republic of Ireland in late August.

"Provided the virus doesn't make a comeback, primary schools and secondary schools will open at the end of August for all kids," Varadkar said today.

Provided the virus doesn’t make a comeback, primary schools and secondary schools will reopen ‘for all kids’ at the end of August. It may be necessary to phase in the reopening, but the objective is to reopen them fully, says Leo Varadkar. | Live updates: https://t.co/Evl2RClnIs pic.twitter.com/gWSorE4Lqc

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) May 29, 2020

May 28 - ‭‭2,157‬ deaths, 29,520‬ confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:25 pm EST: There are 46 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to  24,841 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been nine more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,639. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 1,639 deaths reflects this.)

There have now been ‭2,157 ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭29,520 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 5.92 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 357,300 deaths and more than 2.38 million recoveries.

Update 12:40 pm EST: There are 16 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,679.

To date, 49,441 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been two more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland. (Two deaths occurred within the current reporting period, and none occurred outside of the current reporting period.) The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland remains at 518 according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health. 

Update 11:20 am EST: Ireland's Health Minister Simon Harris has shared an encouraging breakdown of the coronavirus cases in the Republic of Ireland.

The data shows that 22,089 people diagnosed with coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland have recovered, while 1,083 remain sick. There have been 1,631 deaths.

A chart that gives you an overview of how Ireland’s battle against #Covid19 is progressing. So pleased to see 22,089 people now recovered & thinking of the 1,083 people sick currently. My thoughts will always remain with the families and friends of those who have died. Stay safe pic.twitter.com/GR645JMm1n

— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) May 28, 2020

May 27 - 2,147 deaths, 29,466 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:05 pm EST: During today's press briefing, Ireland's Chief Medical Officer confirmed that a vast majority of cases in Ireland have recovered.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Ireland's Department of Health, said: "To date, 90% of confirmed cases diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered. But we cannot afford to stop the hard work involved in suppressing this virus.

"COVID-19 is a new disease. Ireland and the world understand more about the virus now than we did at the outset of this crisis. What we do know is that hand washing, social distancing and knowing when to self-isolate do work.

"These measures are the most effective tool we have to keep this virus suppressed and keep up this recovery rate. We know that the vast majority of Irish people understand this, and that they are staying the course with us as we continue to keep case numbers as low as possible."

Dr, Siobhán Kennelly, HSE National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead for Older Persons, said: "COVID-19 is having an impact on everyone in Ireland. We understand that as the country reopens in phases, people may be anxious. If we all maintain social distance, wash our hands well and often and know when to self-isolate, together we will keep this virus suppressed."

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: "What we do today has a direct effect on tomorrow. In order to prevent any second wave of COVID-19 from occurring, we need to remain vigilant and cautious. Continuing to follow the core public health advice is the best way to protect our most vulnerable now and in future."

Update 2:00 pm EST: There are 73 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 24,803 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been 17 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,631. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 1,631 deaths reflects this.) 

There have now been ‭2,147‬ ‭coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There have been ‭29,466‬ confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 5.63 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 352,600 deaths and more than 2.32 million recoveries.

Update 11:20 am EST: There are 26 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,663.

To date, 48,374 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been two more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland. (two deaths occurred within the current reporting period, and none occurred outside of the current reporting period.) The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland remains at 516 according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health

May 26 - 2,129‬ deaths, 29,372 confirmed cases island of Ireland.

Update 1:15 pm EST: There are 37 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 24,735 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been nine more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,615. 

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “As of midnight Monday 25 May, 325,795 tests have been carried out.

"Over the past week, 30,169 tests were carried out and of these 633 were positive, giving a positivity rate of 2.1%."

There have now been 2,129‬ coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There are 29,372 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 5.54 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 347,800 deaths and more than 2.26 million recoveries.

Update 11:30 am EST: There are 28 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,637.

To date, 47,529 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been zero more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland. The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland remains at 514 according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health

Michelle O'Neill, the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, said the news was "heartening:"

Heartening news today that no deaths as a result of #COVID19 have been reported in the North.

Let’s keep working together to have more days like this.

This battle is not over and we cannot afford for a single person to become complacent to the threat posed by this deadly virus.

— Michelle O’Neill (@moneillsf) May 26, 2020

Yesterday, the Republic of Ireland recorded its first day of zero reports of coronavirus-related deaths.

May 25

Update 1 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced no new deaths related to the coronavirus for the first time since mid-March. 

Ireland's COVID-19 death toll remains at 1,608.

The department also announced 59 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus - the ninth time in the last ten days that daily cases have been under 100. 

There have been 24,698 cases of the coronavirus confirmed in Ireland since the virus was diagnosed in February. 

More than 20,000 people have recovered from the virus. 

The Northern Irish Department of Health announced eight further deaths today and 39 new cases. 

There have been 4,609 cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland and 514 deaths.

On the island of Ireland, meanwhile, there have been 2,122 deaths and 29,307 cases of the virus. 

Update 9 am EST: The Irish Government will consider easing COVID-19 restrictions more quickly if the number of new daily cases continues to fall, according to the Irish Times. 

There have been less than 100 cases on eight of the last nine days and the number of hospitalizations related to the virus has dropped dramatically since reaching its peak at the end of April. 

However, the easing of COVID-19 restrictions is entirely dependant on cases continuing to fall.

The next phase of exiting COVID-19 lockdown is slated to begin on June 8, with Phase 3 set to begin on June 29 and phase 4 due to start on July 20. 

But if the number of new cases continues to fall during Phase 2, some parts of Phase 4 may be brought forward to June 29. 

Some of the aspects in Phase 4 include reopening hotels, holiday parks, and museums and additionally reopening high-risk retailers like hairdressers and barbers. 

Competition sports can also resume as part of Phase 4. 

Some Government ministers are reportedly keen to ease restrictions more quickly, according to the Irish Times. 

There is also pressure from business groups and cabinet members to reduce social distancing guidelines from two meters to one. 

The Government's COVID-19 expert advisory group said that there was "a lack of evidence"  to support the argument that social distancing guidelines must be two meters. 

Some businesses, like pubs and restaurants, would be able to greatly increase capacity if the guidelines are reduced to one meter. 

May 24

Update 12:10 pm EST: A further four COVID-19 have in the Republic of Ireland, according to the Department of Health. 

Ireland's overall coronavirus death toll now stands at 1,608. 

The Department of Health also announced 57 newly-confirmed cases of the virus, taking Ireland's tally to 24,639. 

The number of new daily cases has been lower than 100 on eight of the last nine days in Ireland. 

Healthcare workers account for 32% of Ireland's overall tally, according to data correct up until Friday night. 

A total of 394 patients have been admitted to intensive care since the virus was first diagnosed in Ireland, but ICU numbers continue to remain well below the peak at the end of April. 

There were 160 patients in ICU at the end of April, but that figure has dropped to just above 50 in recent days. 

More than 20,000 people have recovered from the virus in Ireland. 

There have been 29,209 cases of COVID-19 and 2,114 deaths on the island of Ireland. 

Update 10:30 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced one further COVID-19 death and 25 new cases. 

Northern Ireland's coronavirus death toll now stands at 506 and there have been 4,570 cases of the virus since it was first confirmed in the region on February 27. 

More than 57,000 people in Northern Ireland have been tested for the virus. 

May 23

Update 12:20 pm EST: A further 13 people have died from the coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, taking the country's death toll past 1,600. 

A total of 1,604 people have died from the virus in Ireland. 

The Department of Health also confirmed 76 new cases of the virus on Saturday evening, as Ireland's tally reached 24,582. 

Dublin has had 48% of all cases, according to data correct until Thursday, May 21, while 13% of all cases have been hospitalized. 

Minister for Health Simon Harris confirmed on Saturday morning that the number of COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals continues to fall. Harris said that there are currently 298 confirmed cases of coronavirus in hospital, compared to about 750 at the beginning of the month. 

The number of patients with #Covid19 in hospitals across Ireland is thankfully continuing to fall. This is down to you, your family & your community. Your efforts are keeping people well, keeping people out of hospitals & saving lives. Please keep up the public health measures pic.twitter.com/8Y0cYTW9to

— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) May 23, 2020

There have a total of 29,127 cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland since the virus was first diagnosed in February and 2,109 deaths. 

Update 10:30 am EST: The Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced one further COVID-19 death on Saturday, taking the region's death toll to 505. 

There were also 41 newly-confirmed cases of the virus on Saturday as Northern Ireland's coronavirus tally rose to 4,545. 

A total of 44,915 people have been tested for the virus in Northern Ireland.  

May 22 - 2,096 deaths, 29,010 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:25 pm EST: There are 115 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 24,506 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been 11 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,592. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 deaths. The figure of 1,592 deaths reflects this.)

There have now been 2,096 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There are 29,010confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 5.15 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 335,400 deaths and more than 1.98 million recoveries.

Update 12:25 pm EST: There are 23 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,504.

To date, 43,732 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been three more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland. (One death occurred in the current reporting period while three deaths occurred outside of the current reporting period.) There have now been 504 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

May 21 - 2,084 deaths, 28,872 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:30 pm EST: There are 76 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 24,391 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been 12 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,583.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: "We have experienced 6 consecutive days of under 100 new confirmed cases in Ireland. This is very positive and demonstrates the extent to which the public’s actions have limited the spread of this disease. However, it is only through continued commitment to handwashing, respiratory etiquette and physical distancing that we will remain successful in suppressing the spread of COVID-19 through the community."

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said: "Most indicators continue to improve, with ICU and hospital admissions, number of cases per day and number of deaths per day continuing to decline. Prevalence of the virus remains low in the community. The reproduction number is well below one, so our task remains to maintain low transmission of the virus."

There have now been 2,084 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There are 28,872 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 5.04 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 329,000 deaths and more than 1.92 million recoveries.

Update 12:25 pm EST: Ireland's Minister for Health Simon Harris said in the Dail today that he is "pleased" to report that the R-rate in the Republic of Ireland "remains stable at around 0.5."

"Four weeks ago, our case numbers were in the region of 400 - 800 every single day. This week, for four days in a row, our case numbers have been below 100."

Simon Harris tells the Dáil that the Reproductive Rate of Covid-19 has remained stable at around 0.5 | https://t.co/KudKBiamr3 pic.twitter.com/DqgVVUJEZ2

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) May 21, 2020

Update 11:30 am EST: There are 42 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,481.

To date, 42,554 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been seven more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland. (Three deaths occurred in the current reporting period while four deaths occurred outside of the current reporting period.) There have now been 501 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

May 20 - 2,065 deaths, 28,754 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:50 pm EST: Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said today: “To date, 87% of confirmed cases diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered. This is very positive news but should not deflect from the impact this disease has had on individuals and families. In addition, it does not change the risk for any one individual who is diagnosed with the disease today, or in the future.

“Public health advice is there to provide everyone with the best protection possible. Please follow it and continue to protect yourself and each other.”

Update 2:45 pm EST: There are 64 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 24,315 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been 11 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,571. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 1,571 deaths reflects this.)

There have now been 2,065 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There are 28,754 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 4.95 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 325,000 deaths and more than 1.72 million recoveries.

Update 12:40 pm EST: There are 18 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,439.

To date, 41,470 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been five more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland. (Four deaths occurred in the current reporting period while one death occurred outside of the current reporting period.) There have now been 494 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

May 19 -2,050 deaths, 28,672 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:00 pm EST: During today's coronavirus press briefing, it was revealed that as of midnight on May 18, 295,626 tests have been carried out in the Republic of Ireland.

Over the past week, 36,818 tests were carried out and of these 932 were positive, giving a positivity rate of 2.5%.

Dr. Cillian De Gascun, Chair of the NPHET Expert Advisory Group, said: "Despite broadening the case definition and increases in referrals the positivity rate has continued to decline. This indicates a consistent suppression of COVID-19 in the community."

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, added: "The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet again this week. Given the decreasing positivity rate and that testing capacity has been expanded, we will be examining the case definition further."

Update 1:05 pm EST: There are 51 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 24,251 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been 16 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,561. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 deaths. The figure of 1,561 deaths reflects this.)

There have now been 2,050 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There are 28,672 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 4.83 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 319,000 deaths and more than 1.80 million recoveries.

Update 12:45 pm EST: There are 20 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,421.

To date, 40,580 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been seven more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland. (four of those deaths occurred within the current reported period, and three occurred outside of the current reporting period.) There have now been 489 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

May 18 - 2,029 deaths, 28,601 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:55 pm EST: There are 88 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 24,200 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been four more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,547. 

Dr. Tony Holohan, Ireland's Chief Medical Officer, said today: "On the first day of Ireland moving into Phase One of reopening we have experienced the lowest number of deaths since March 27th. We have suppressed the virus and limited its impact on public health. We need to sustain this in the weeks and phases ahead."

There have now been 2,029 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There are 28,601 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 4.75 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 316,000 deaths and more than 1.75 million recoveries.

Update 1:40 pm EST: Northern Ireland announced today that more restrictions can be lifted in the region. You can read about that here.

Update 10:40 am EST: There are 16 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,401.

To date, 39,918 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been six more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland. There have now been 482 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

Update 8:20 am EST: A slight easing of coronavirus restrictions begins in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland today.

Ireland's Health Minister Simon Harris offered these comments this morning:

Day 1 of new phase, a few thoughts:
- your effort has gotten us here
- virus has not gone away
- care & caution needed
- keep following health advice
- just because it’s open doesn’t mean we need to go
- get these 3 weeks right & we can move further then

Keep safe. #Covid19

— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) May 18, 2020

May 17 - 2,019 deaths, at least 28,469 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 12:30 pm EST: Ireland's Department of Health announced 64 new cases of the coronavirus as the number of new daily cases continues to fall in Ireland. 

A total of 24,112 people have contracted the virus in the country since it was first diagnosed at the end of February. 

The Health Department also announced that ten more people have died from the virus in Ireland, taking the country's death toll to 1,543. 

The number of cases recorded today is the lowest number of new daily cases in more than two months since 53 cases were diagnosed on March 16. The number of new cases in Ireland has been steadily declining in Ireland since mid-April when the virus was at its peak. 

The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units around the country also continues to fall and Simon Harris confirmed that there 54 patients in ICU this morning compared to 72 last Sunday. 

ICU admissions have decreased by 67%  from their peak of 160 in the middle of April and COVID-19 hospitalizations have decreased by 66% in the same period. 

Intensive care admissions have been on a downward trend in May and are now lower than when the lockdown was introduced on March 27. 

Further reduction in number of #Covid19 patients in ICU in Irish hospitals. 54 patients today. Down from 72 last Sunday. We think of all 54 patients & their families. You, the Irish people, have prevented our ICUs from being overwhelmed so far. Let’s keep that going #Stayhome pic.twitter.com/ivHSK8yg6e

— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) May 17, 2020

Update 11:30 am EST: Three more people have died in Northern Ireland from the coronavirus, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has confirmed.

There have now been 476 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Northern Ireland, most of which have occurred in hospitals. 

The Health Department did not release any information related to new cases of the coronavirus. 

There were 4,357 confirmed cases of the virus in Northern Ireland as of Saturday night. 

May 16 - 2,006 deaths, 28,405 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 12:50 pm EST: The Department of Health has confirmed 92 new cases of the coronavirus and 15 deaths in the Republic of Ireland. 

It is the first time that there have been less than 100 new daily cases in Ireland since mid-March as Ireland's coronavirus figures continue to fall. 

A total of 24,048 people have tested positive for the virus since it was first diagnosed in late February, while 1,533 people have died from the virus. 

Ireland's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan said that the figures were encouraging and showed that Irish people were adhering to social distancing guidelines. 

He acknowledged that the last nine weeks have been difficult for those who are cocooning but said that they can take reassurance from the reduced figures.

"Today's numbers give reassurance that we have all learned and adopted new behaviors of handwashing, respiratory etiquette and social distance that will serve us well as we work together to re-open retail, business, and society," Holohan said. 

Around 19,500 people have recovered from the virus in Ireland. 

There have been 28,405 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on the island of Ireland and 2,006 deaths since February. 

Update 11:40 am EST: A further four people have died in Northern Ireland from COVID-19 taking the region's death toll to 473, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health. 

The Northern Irish Health Department also announced 40 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, bring the area's tally to 4,357. 

There have been more than 46,000 COVID-19 tests in Northern Ireland. 

May 15 - 1,987 deaths, 28,273 cases on island of Ireland

Update 3:25 pm EST: There are 129 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 23,956 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been 16 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,518. 

There have now been 1,987 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There are 28,273 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 4.50 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 305,000 deaths and more than 1.62 million recoveries.

Update 11:25 am EST: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has just announced that the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has given the go-ahead for the first phase of reopening to begin this coming Monday, May 18.

Statement by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on the first phase of the Government’s road map for the easing of Covid-19 restrictions. | Follow live updates: https://t.co/4BgK1eZBXx https://t.co/OuRpmOpDFE

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) May 15, 2020

Stay tuned for updates.

Update 11:00 am EST: There are 26 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,317.

To date, 37,221 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been 15 more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland (9 deaths occurred within the current reporting period and 6 deaths occurred outside of the current reporting period). There have now been 469 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

May 14 - 1,960 deaths, 28,118 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 4:00 pm EST: The Northern Ireland Executive today announced that it will begin the slight rollback of coronavirus restrictions beginning this Monday, May 18. You can read more about that here.

Update 1:30 pm EST: There are 426 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 23,827 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been 10 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,506. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 1,506 deaths reflects this.)

There have now been 1,960 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There are 28,118 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 4.39 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 299,000 deaths and more than 1.57 million recoveries.

Update 12:30 pm EST: There are 38 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,291.

To date, 36,222 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been five more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland (three death occurred within the current reporting period and two deaths occurred outside of the current reporting period). There have now been 454 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

May 13 - 1,946 deaths, 27,654 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:15 pm EST: There are 159 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 23,401 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been 10 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,497. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 1,497 deaths reflects this.)

There have now been 1,946 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There are 27,654 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 4.31 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 294,000 deaths and more than 1.52 million recoveries.

Update 11:30 am EST: There are 60 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,253.

To date, 35,201 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been two more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland (one death occurred within the current reporting period and one death occurred outside of the current reporting period). There have now been 449 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

May 12 - 1,935 deaths, 27,435 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:25 pm EST: There are 107 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 23,242 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been 24 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,488. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 3 deaths. The figure of 1,488 deaths reflects this.)

In Northern Ireland, there are 44 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,193.

To date, 34,144 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been nine more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland. (1 death was reported in the current reporting period, 8 deaths were reported outside of the current reporting period.) There have now been 447 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

There have now been 1,935 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There are 27,435 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 4.22 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 288,000 deaths and more than 1.47 million recoveries.

May 11 - 1,905 deaths, 27,284 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 3:25 pm EST: Ireland could see the initial rollback of its coronavirus restrictions one week from today, May 18, if given the okay by NPHET. 

You can see what's scheduled to change in Phase 1 of Ireland's roadmap to reopening here.

Update 12:45 pm EST: There are 139 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 23,135 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been 15 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,467. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 6 deaths. The figure of 1,467 deaths reflects this.)

There have now been 1,905 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There are 27,284 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 4.13 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 283,000 deaths and more than 1.42 million recoveries.

Update 12:10 pm EST: Electric Picnic has officially been canceled for this year due to coronavirus.

The massive music festival, which this year was to feature Rage Against the Machine, Lewis Capaldi, Snow Patrol, and more, was scheduled for September 4 - 6 in Stradbally, Co Laois.

Organizers said today: "Whilst the entire Electric Picnic team are terribly disappointed, we have a responsibility to all our fans, artists, crews, suppliers, sponsors, partners and our entire Electric Picnic family including the wonderful people of Stradbally who have welcomed us into their community each year."

We’re sorry to announce that Electric Picnic 2020 will no longer be going ahead. Read the full statement below. https://t.co/rlVdOxmNek pic.twitter.com/J4iQFWlsKC

— Electric Picnic (@EPfestival) May 11, 2020

Update 11:45 am EST: There are 30 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,149.

To date, 33,440 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been three more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland, all of which were reported in the current reporting period. There have now been 438 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

May 10 

Update 12:10 pm EST: A further 12 people have died from COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland, the Department of Health has confirmed. 

Ireland's COVID-19 death toll now stands at 1,458. 

There were also 236 newly-confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Sunday. 

A total of 22,996 people have contracted the virus in Ireland since it was first diagnosed in late February. 

There are around 700 confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in Irish hospitals, compared to just under 1,000 last weekend. There were 72 COVID-19 patients in ICU in hospitals around the country - the lowest tally in several weeks. 

There have now been 27,115 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on the island of Ireland and 1,893 deaths. 

Update 10:45 am EST: Five more COVID-19 patients have died from the virus in Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has confirmed.

Four of the deaths occurred in the last 24 hours, while one earlier date was added to the region's death toll, which now stands at 435. 

The figure relates almost exclusively to hospital fatalities.

The Department of Health in Northern Ireland also confirmed 41 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, taking the number of confirmed coronavirus cases to 4,119. 

May 9 

Update 1:30 pm EST: A further 18 people have died from COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland, taking Ireland's death toll to 1,446. 

The Department of Health also confirmed 219 new cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

A total of 22,760 people have tested positive for the virus since it was first diagnosed in Ireland at the end of February. 

Around 13% of all cases have been hospitalized, according to data correct up until May 7. 

Almost 30% of all cases have been healthcare workers. 

At least 12,000 Irish COVID-19 patients have recovered. 

There have now been 26,838 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland and 1,876 deaths. 

Update 11:30 am EST: Four more COVID-19 patients have died in Northern Ireland, taking the region's death toll to 430. 

The Northern Ireland Department of Health also confirmed 56 new cases of the Coronavirus as the region's tally rose to 4,078. 

More than 31,500 people have been tested for the coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 

However, Northern Ireland generally doesn't count deaths outside of hospital in its official death tolls and experts believe that the region's death toll is around one-third higher than is being reported. 

Update 9:40 am EST: Minister for Health Simon Harris has confirmed that the number of COVID-19 patients in ICU has dropped yet again. 

Harris confirmed on Twitter on Saturday morning that there 72 COVID-19 patients in ICU in Irish hospitals, compared to 76 on Friday night and 99 last Saturday. 

He said that Ireland's progress was good but that Irish people needed to finish the job. 

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Ireland has been gradually declining in recent weeks. 

There have been less than 300 new cases of the coronavirus every day this week, significantly less than the 936 that represented Ireland's peak.  

May 8 - 1,856 deaths, 26,563 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:05 pm EST: There are 156 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 22,541 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been 27 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,429. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 1,429 deaths reflects this.)

There have now been 1,856 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland. There are 26,563 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 3.88 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 271,000 deaths and more than 1.3 million recoveries.

Update 11:20 am EST: The Leaving Certificate exam has officially been canceled in the Republic of Ireland. You can read more about that here.

The Minister for Education and Skills has announced that Leaving Certificate 2020 is postponed and students are being offered a system of Calculated Grades, with State certification.

For full details see https://t.co/5meAh3gd6r

— education.ie (@Education_Ire) May 8, 2020

Update 11:15 am EST: There are 38 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 4,022.

To date, 30,613 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been five more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland (two deaths occurred within the current reporting period and three deaths occurred outside of the current reporting period). There have now been 427 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

May 7 - 1,825 deaths, 26,369 cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:45 pm EST: Earlier today, Ireland's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan said: "The reproduction number is between 0.5 and 0.6. We have achieved our goal of suppressing the spread of the disease, it was not easy for anyone but there is no question that our collective effort has saved lives.

“Now we look to the pattern of COVID-19 going forward, as we attempt to ease restrictions. These weeks are just as important as the first weeks of our response. Our behaviours are crucial in maintaining our progress and keeping the reproduction number below 1.”

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said: "The number of ICU admissions, new cases and deaths is now falling and has been for over a week. This is driven by a reduction of transmission of the virus in the community and reinforces the importance of our behaviours going forward.”

Update 1:45 pm EST: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said earlier today that it is possible that coronavirus was in Ireland as early as last year. You can read his comments here.

Update 1:25 pm EST: There are 137 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 22,385.

There have been 29 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll to 1,403. (Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 1,403 deaths reflects this.)

There have now been 1,825 coronavirus-related deaths and there are 26,369 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 3.78 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 264,000 deaths and 1.25 million recoveries.

Update 11:10 am EST: There are 50 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 3,984.

There have been four more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland (two deaths occurred within the current reporting period and two deaths occurred outside of the current reporting period). There have now been 422 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

May 6 - 1,793 deaths, 26,182 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:30 pm EST: There are 253 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 22,248.

There have been 37 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll to 1,375.

Of the 1,375 coronavirus-related deaths in Ireland:

  • 550 occurred in hospital (40%)
  • 66 occurred in Intensive Care Units (4.8%)
  • 1176 were reported as having underlying health conditions (85.5%)
  • 683 male and 653 female
  • the median age was 84
  • the mean age was 82

As of today, there are 26,182 confirmed cases of coronavirus and there have been 1,793 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 3.7 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 259,000 coronavirus-related deaths and more than 1.2 million recoveries.

Update 11:35 am EST: There are 53 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 3,934.

There have been 14 more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland (3 deaths occurred within the current reporting period and 11 deaths occurred outside of the current reporting period). There have now been 418 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

May 5 - 1,743 deaths, 25,864 confirmed cases on island of Ireland.

Update 1:35 pm EST: There have been 211 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases to 21,983.

There have been 23 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,339.

As of today, there have been 1,743 coronavirus-related deaths and 25,864 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 3.6 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 253,000 deaths and more than 1.18 million recoveries.

Update 11:25 am EST: As per reopening plans that were published in Ireland on Friday, the distance in which people can travel from their homes for the purpose of exercise is now increased to 5km from 2km as of today.

People who are cocooning need to continue to do so, however, it will be possible from today for them to go outside for exercise and fresh air, as with others in society, provided they keep within 5km of homes and observe social distancing at all times.

The first phase of Ireland's reopening strategy is set to begin on May 18.

Update 11:20 am EST: There are 45 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 3,881 according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been 17 more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland, six of which occurred in the current reporting period, and 11 of which did not occur in the current reporting period. There have now been 404 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland.

May 4 

Update 12:46 pm EST: Ireland's Government has confirmed a further 16 deaths from COVID-19 bringing the total number of fatalities in Ireland to 1,319. Overall the total number of confirmed cases stands at 21,722 with another 266 cases confirmed on May 4. 

The transmission of these cases breaks down as 63 percent, close contact accounts for 34 percent while travel abroad accounts for three percent. The median age of these confirmed cases is 49. 

Thirteen percent of people diagnosed have been hospitalized while 364 have been admitted to intensive care.

Ireland's Minister for Health Simon Harris has said that from May 4, the Health Service Executive has the ability to carry out 12k tests per day. However, he insists that Ireland's overall situation remains "fragile". He added there remains room for improvement and the next two weeks will matter a great deal in the overall battle against the coronavirus outbreak. 

By May 18, when the lockdown is slightly lifted, the Irish government has said that 100k people per week will be tested, with a three-day turnaround between

Update 7:40 am EST: The number of COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals has fallen to around 900, the lowest number in about three weeks. 

There were 906 confirmed or suspected cases in Irish hospitals as of Sunday night, compared to 1,010 on Friday evening. 

The number of COVID-19 patients in ICU fell again on Sunday night and stood at 93, compared to 98 on Saturday and 99 on Friday. There were also 20 suspected cases of COVID-19 in ICU last night. 

Minister for Health Simon Harris called the trend of declining hospital figures "encouraging," but said that the progress was fragile.  

He said that the progress could be reversed if Irish people didn't continue to follow public health advice. 

The number of patients in ICUs with #Covid19 has fallen to 93. Lowest in over a month. Numbers go up & down but trend is encouraging. But, it is fragile & we could see progress reversed if we don’t all follow public health advice so please keep at it. Let’s finish the job pic.twitter.com/8bEnoaHJ8I

— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) May 4, 2020

May 3

Update at 12:15 pm EST: The Irish Department of Health has confirmed 330 new cases of the coronavirus and 19 new deaths in the Republic of Ireland. 

There have been a total of 21,506 confirmed cases in Ireland since the first diagnosed case in February and 1,303 deaths. 

The median age of confirmed cases is 49 and 58% of all cases have been female, according to HSE data correct as of Friday, May 1. 

A total of 363 cases have been admitted to ICU in Ireland since the virus was first diagnosed.

The HSE confirmed Sunday that 98 COVID-19 patients were in ICU in hospitals around the country - the lowest tally in over a month. 

There have been 25,273 confirmed cases of the virus on the island of Ireland and 1,684 deaths on the island of Ireland since February.

Update 10:25 am EST: A further five people have died in Northern Ireland from the Coronavirus taking the death toll in the region to 381. 

The Northern Ireland Department of Health also confirmed 78 new cases of the virus, bringing the North's tally to 3,767. 

There are 32 COVID-19 patients in intensive care in Northern Irish hospitals, which is unchanged since yesterday.

May 2 

Update 1:20 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced that a further 25 people have died from COVID-19 in Ireland, taking the country's death toll to 1,286. 

We Will Rise Again mural, Fegans Catering ,Chancery Street, Dublin.

We Will Rise Again mural, Fegans Catering ,Chancery Street, Dublin.

The Health Department also announced an additional 343 new cases of the virus on Saturday as Ireland's tally moved to 21,176. 

Health Protection Surveillance Center data correct until the end of April reveals that 58% of all Coronavirus cases in Ireland are female and that 13% of cases, or 2,785 people, have been hospitalized. 

A total of 368 COVID-19 patients have been treated in intensive care units in Ireland since the virus was first diagnosed on February 29. 

Almost 6,000 healthcare workers (5,973) have contracted the virus in Ireland. 

Half of all Coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Dublin. 

There have been 24,865 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus on the island of Ireland and 1,662 deaths since February. 

More than 10,000 people have recovered from the virus in Ireland. 

Update 11:40 am EST:  A further 11 people have died from Coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the region's death toll to 376. 

The Northern Ireland Department of Health also confirmed 66 new cases of the virus as the region's tally of confirmed cases rose to 3,689. 

There are 32 COVID-19 patients in intensive care in Northern Ireland. 

May 1 - 1,632 deaths, 24,456 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:45 pm EST: Taoiseach Varadkar today outlined the next phases to reopening Ireland. You can read about it here.

Update 1:35 pm EST: You can watch Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's address here:

Update 1:00 pm EST: There are 221 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 20,833.

There have been 34 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll to 1,265 in the country.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is due to give an address at 6:30 pm in Ireland (1:30 pm EST).

There have now been 1,632 coronavirus-related deaths and 24,456 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally,  there are more than 3.27 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 233,000 deaths and more than 1.02 million recoveries.

Update 11:30 am EST: There are 87 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total in the region to 3,623 confirmed cases.

There have been 18 more coronavirus-related deaths (4 deaths in the current reporting period and 14 deaths that have been reported outside of the current reporting period) in Northern Ireland. There have been 367 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland to date.

April 30: 1,579 deaths, 24,148 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:20 pm EST: Speaking today in the Dáil Eireann, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he plans to have the 'roadmap' to easing coronavirus restrictions in Ireland ready for the Cabinet approval by tomorrow, May 1. 

Varadkar said the lifting of restrictions "will not necessarily mirror the manner in which they were escalated."

"Public health and safety and our healthcare capacity will continue to be the foundation for decision making.

"Our five criteria are as follows:

  • The progress of the disease
  • Healthcare capacity and resilience
  • Testing and contact tracing capacity
  • The ability to shield and care for at-risk groups
  • The risk of secondary morbidity and mortality due to the restrictions themselves

Varadkar added: "Any changes to restrictions will be made every two to four weeks as we need to leave a period of time between changes to accurately assess their impact.

"We will intervene earlier though if things appear to be going off track. Restrictions may have to be reintroduced if it looks like the virus is going to surge back. We expect to have this plan completed tomorrow for approval by Cabinet."

You can watch Taoiseach Varadkar's remarks in the Dáil Eireann today here: 

Update 12:50 pm EST: There are 359 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 20,612.

There have been 43 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,232.

There have been 1,579 coronavirus-related deaths and 24,148 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland as of today.

Globally, there are more than 3.23 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 228,000 coronavirus-related deaths, and there have been more than 1 million recoveries.

Update 11:25 am EST:  There are 73 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total in the region to 3,536.

There have been nine more coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 347, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

UPDATE on coronavirus (#COVID19) in NI. pic.twitter.com/vwsJphuaQ8

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) April 30, 2020

April 29: 1,528 deaths, 23,716 confirmed cases of coronavirus on island of Ireland

Update 3:35 pm EST:  376 cases of coronavirus have been newly-confirmed in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total in the country to 20,253, according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been 31 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,190.

There have now been 1,528 coronavirus-related deaths and 23,716 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are now more than 3.1 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 224,700 deaths and more than 958,300 recoveries.

Update 12:45 pm EST: There are 55 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the region to 3,463.

There have been 9 more coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 338, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

UPDATE on coronavirus (#COVID19) in NI. pic.twitter.com/CMzPeij3de

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) April 29, 2020

Update 12 pm EST: Varadkar says the number of ICU patients, new cases, and deaths in Ireland remains too high

Ireland's Taoiseach (Prime Minister) has said the number of ICU admissions, new cases and deaths due to the coronavirus "just aren't good enough yet" to ease lockdown restrictions. 

He told RTE "Maybe it'll change significantly by Friday, but as things stand I don't think we're there yet."

Varadkar suggested that easing of restrictions will be not announced on Friday but an exit strategy would be rolled out. 

"We expect to be in a position to share the exit strategy with the Irish public in the next couple of days, certainly over the weekend. We'll be getting new advice from the Chief Medical Officer on Friday as to when we should start that process of reopening the economy and the country," Varadkar said. 

He continued "I don't think I'd be out of school by saying that those numbers just aren't good enough yet. Maybe it will change significantly by Friday, but as things stand I don't think we're there yet."

The leader commiserated with the public who he understands are "enormously frustrated" but added that the public had been responding well to the restrictions. 

April 28: 1,488 deaths, 23,285 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 4:30 pm EST: Operation Fanacht relaunched in Ireland this morning and will run through Monday, May 4, which is a bank holiday in Ireland.

The operation will see a number of police checkpoints on roads across Ireland to make sure people are adhering to the latest coronavirus restrictions.

You can read more about it here.

#operationfanacht started today at 7am. Garda will be out on checkpoints and engaging with people all over the country, essential journeys in line with public health guidelines only. We can continue to #FlattenTheCurve#StayAtHome #WashYourHandshttps://t.co/2pq6ETsPmE pic.twitter.com/qUmQqrnPmQ

— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) April 28, 2020

Update 1:20 pm EST: 299 cases of coronavirus have been newly-confirmed in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 19,877.

There have been 59 more coronavirus-related deaths, 49 of which have been laboratory confirmed, in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the country's death toll to 1,159.

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that a total of 59 people with #COVID19 have died, of which 45 were laboratory confirmed.

— Department of Health (@roinnslainte) April 28, 2020

153,054 coronavirus tests have been conducted to date in the Republic of Ireland.

There have now been 1,488 coronavirus-related deaths and 23,385 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 3 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. There have been more than 213,000 deaths. There have been more than 910,000 recoveries.

Update 12:20 pm EST: There have been 34 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total in the region to 3,408.

There have been 20 more coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 329, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

UPDATE on coronavirus (#COVID19) in NI. pic.twitter.com/ZGuEUBCYqj

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) April 28, 2020

Update 7:00 am: It is expected that Ireland's national lockdown will be extended for two weeks with the majority of people remaining at home after the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Ireland's government is expected to announce an extension along with its roadmap for lifting social-distancing measures over the coming months this Friday, May 1.

Work restrictions from May 5 may be reconsidered with those who work outdoors, such as construction workers and horticulturists, being able to go back to work.

The extension to the lockdown is due to the fact that the Irish Government wishes to see key targets reached, to limit the spread of the virus, before lifting or adjusting restrictions.

April 27: 1,411 deaths, 23,022 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:30 pm EST: There have been 386 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 19,648, according to Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been 18 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, 17 of which have been laboratory confirmed.

There have now been a total of 1,102 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland (three cases from earlier have been denotified.)

Of the total 903 lab-confirmed coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 431 (48%) were hospitalised
  • 56 (6.2%) were admitted to Intensive Care Units (ICU)
  • 778 (86%) were reported to have had underlying health conditions
  • there were 477 (53%) male and 426 (47%) female
  • the median age was 83
  • the mean age was 81

There have now been 1,411 coronavirus-related deaths and 23,022 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 3 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and there have been more than 208,000 deaths. There have been more than 878,000 recoveries.

Update 11:20 am EST: There are 66 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in the region to 3,374.

There have been 10 more coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 309, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

UPDATE on coronavirus (#COVID19) in NI. pic.twitter.com/a4I2Cl1CNB

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) April 27, 2020

April 26

Update 12:30 pm EST: The Irish Department of Health announced a further 701 cases of COVID-19 and 26 deaths on Sunday evening. 

A nearly-deserted Temple Bar in Dublin's City Center amidst the coronavirus lockdowns.

A nearly-deserted Temple Bar in Dublin's City Center amidst the coronavirus lockdowns.

Ireland's Coronavirus death toll has now reached 1,089. 

There have been 19,262 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ireland since it was first reported in late February. 

The Health Protection Surveillance Center said that 14% of Irish cases have been hospitalized as of Friday, April 24. 

A total of 349 cases have been admitted to ICU. 

Of the confirmed cases in Ireland, 27% relate to healthcare workers in the country. 

Dublin has had 50% of all cases, according to the data, which is correct up until midnight on Friday. 

April 25 

Update 12:30 pm EST: The Irish Department of Health has confirmed 377 new Coronavirus cases and 52 new deaths in the country. 

Ireland's death toll now stands at 1,063. 

"In this together": Graffiti by the beach at Sutton, in north Dublin.

"In this together": Graffiti by the beach at Sutton, in north Dublin.

There have been 18,561 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus since the virus was first diagnosed on February 29. 

More than 9,000 people in Ireland have recovered from the virus.

The number of new cases in Ireland fell by exactly 200 from Friday after rising significantly earlier in the week. 

There have been 1,359 deaths from the virus and 21,787 confirmed cases on the island of Ireland in just under two months. 

Update 11:40 am EST: A further 16 people in Northern Ireland have died from the Coronavirus bringing the region's death toll to 294. 

The news comes as Britain's Coronavirus death toll topped 20,000 on Saturday afternoon. 

The Department of Health in Northern Ireland also confirmed 104 new cases of the Coronavirus on Saturday and the region's toll now stands at 3,226 confirmed cases since the virus was first diagnosed on February 27. 

Roughly one-third of all Coronavirus deaths in Northern Ireland have occurred in care homes and the virus has been diagnosed in 65 different homes across the North. 

The Belfast Telegraph reports that 38 Coronavirus patients are in intensive care at present and that there are currently 35 free ICU beds in Northern Ireland. 

April 24 - 1,107 deaths, 21,306 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:10 pm EST: 577 cases of coronavirus have been newly-confirmed in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the country's total number of confirmed cases to 18,184 according to Ireland's Department of Health.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Ireland's Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Ireland's Chief Medical Officer.

There have been 37 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total to 829 deaths (2 have been de-notified from earlier statistics).

You can watch Ireland's Department of Health briefing from today here:

WATCH: Latest Department of Health briefing on the Covid-19 pandemic after a further 37 people diagnosed with coronavirus have died | Read more coverage: https://t.co/Ek8oroNQ3H https://t.co/LfmdBVh5II

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) April 24, 2020

Globally, there are now more than 2.76 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and there have been more than 194,000 deaths. There have been more than 762,000 recoveries.

Update 11:35 am EST: There have been 106 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total there to 3,122, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

There have been 15 more coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 278.

UPDATE on coronavirus (#COVID19) in NI. pic.twitter.com/UrVcUJr5Ua

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) April 24, 2020

April 23 - 1,057 deaths, 20,623 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 4:45 pm EST: Ireland's Minister for Health Simon Harris shared this positive message earlier today:

Some good news: The reproductive rate has fallen even further to between 0.5 and 1. At beginning of April, 100 people a day were being admitted to hospital with #COVID19. That is now reduced to 40. The next 12 days matter and what you do matters. Stay the course and #StayAtHome

— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) April 23, 2020

Update 1:40 pm EST: 936 cases of coronavirus have been newly-confirmed in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total in the country to 17,607.

An empty O'Connell Street.

An empty O'Connell Street.

936 is the highest single-day increase of newly-confirmed cases in the country.

There have been 28 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland. However, three other deaths have been "de-notified." The coronavirus death toll in the Republic of Ireland is now 794.

Globally, there are more than 2.66 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and there have been more than 186,000 deaths. There have been more than 727,000 recoveries.

Update 11:20 am EST: There are now 3,016 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland now stands at 263.

UPDATE on coronavirus (#COVID19) in NI. pic.twitter.com/nP8BVQ5GHH

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) April 23, 2020

April 22 - 1,019 deaths on island of Ireland, 16,671 confirmed cases in Rep of Ireland

Update 2:15 pm EST: Ireland's Department of Health has provided this breakdown of the 769 total COVID-19 related deaths:

  • 386 (50.2%) deaths occurred in a hospital setting
  • 50 (6.5%) occurred in Intensive Care Units (ICU)
  • 415 males (54%), 354 females (46%)
  • the median age was 83
  • the mean age was 69
  • the age range was between 23 and 105

Update 12:40 pm EST: There have been 631 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases to 16,671.

There have been 49 more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the death toll in the Republic of Ireland to 769.

Globally, there are more than 2.5 million confirmed cases of coronavirus, and there have been more than 179,000 deaths. There have been more than 698,000 recoveries.

Update 12:20 pm EST: The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland has risen to 250 today, according to Northern Ireland's Department of Health.

This includes eight deaths which occurred yesterday, April 21, with the remainder involving deaths in previous days that have now been added to the official record.

NI Health Minister Robin Swann said: “I appreciate that this latest total will cause some alarm, given the scale of the increase from yesterday. These daily figures are compiled for surveillance purposes to help us track the virus and keep the public as informed as possible.

“The daily figures will always be subject to some degree of revision, as deaths will be officially registered at different times in busy hospitals.

“We look to the weekly NISRA [Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency] bulletin to provide a more complete picture on Covid-19 related deaths across both hospital and community settings.

“I want the fullest possible information on the impact of this virus to be made public in the most timely manner possible.

“Accuracy has to receive the highest priority, so I thank officials who are working hard to make sure relevant data is captured and published.”

April 21

Update 3:55 pm EST: Figures regarding the number of newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland today have yet to be released.

Earlier, nine more deaths were confirmed, bringing the region's total to 216.

Update 2:30 pm EST: During a press briefing earlier today, Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster warned that "we must stay the course of isolation and social distancing."

Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill added: "We must not forget that Covid-19 is still here and to forget that would be catastrophic.

“It’s important that we keep following Public Health advice.”

Executive daily press conference on COVID-19 - 21 April 2020

Watch: First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill provide update on fight against #COVID19 The press conference in full with sign language translations ⬇

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Update 1:00 pm EST: There are 388 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 16,040.

There have been 44 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total death toll to at least 730.

Globally, there are more than 2.5 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and there have been more than 171,800 deaths. There have been more than 659,700 recoveries.

Update 12:50 pm EST: The Irish government today confirmed that "major public gatherings" will not be granted licenses until late August at the earliest.

The Government today announced: "While the issue of restrictions on future mass gatherings is a decision to be taken by the NPHET, in the case of these particular events, and taking account of the impacts on the integrity of the licensing process in the short-term due to restrictions on stakeholder involvement, local authorities have been advised by Government that event promoters should be informed that events requiring licences in excess of 5,000 will not be considered for the period up to the end of August.

"This will be kept under review in line with NPHET advice on mass gatherings more generally."

The Republic of Ireland is under restrictions until at least May 5.

The latest coronavirus figures from the Republic of Ireland are expected shortly.

Update 12:00 pm EST: Northern Ireland's Department of Health confirmed that there have been nine more coronavirus-related deaths in the region after the agency's newly-launched dashboard reported an incorrect figure earlier in the day.

The Department of Health confirms that today a further nine people have sadly lost their lives to Covid-19. Figures today in the recently launched dashboard reported an incorrect figure. The report has been temporarily suspended.

The Department apologises for any inconvenience pic.twitter.com/SuEV2VR6WE

— Department of Health (@healthdpt) April 21, 2020

April 20 - 894 deaths, 18,380 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 4:00 pm EST: There have been 83 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total in the region to 2,728.

There have been 13 more coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 207.

Globally, there are more than 2.45 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 168,500 deaths. There have been more than 643,000 recoveries.

Update 1:15 pm EST: 401 cases of the coronavirus have also been newly diagnosed in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 15,652.

There have been 77 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the country's death toll to 687. Today sees the highest single-day death toll since the outbreak began.

April 19 - 804 deaths, 17,896 cases on island of Ireland. 

Update 12:40 pm EST: The Department of Health has confirmed 493 new cases of the Coronavirus as Ireland's tally moved past 15,000. 

A further 39 people died from the virus in Ireland, taking the country's tally to 610. 

The median age of those who died in the last 24 hours was 84 and the deaths included 19 females and 20 males. 

There are now 15,251 confirmed cases of the virus in the Republic of Ireland. 

Of the new cases, 443 are from Ireland and 48 are from a backlog in a lab in Germany. 

The HSE announced today that there is now no testing backlog in Ireland. 

There have been 17,896 cases on the island of Ireland and 804 deaths. 

Update 11:30 am EST: One person has died in Northern Ireland from COVID-19 taking the region's death toll to 194. 

The figure is the lowest recorded in Northern Ireland for a number of weeks. 

However, Northern Ireland only includes hospital deaths in its official death toll and does not include hospices or nursing homes. 

The Northern Ireland Public Health Agency also announced 159 newly-confirmed cases of the Coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2,645. 

The PHA has tested 16,490 people for the Coronavirus. 

April 18 - 764 deaths and 17,244 confirmed cases on the island of Ireland 

Update 1:20 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced 778 new cases of the Coronavirus and 41 deaths in the Republic of Ireland. 

Of the new cases, 630 were diagnosed in Ireland and 148 cases are linked to a testing backlog that was sent to a German laboratory. 

There have now been 14,758 cases in the Republic of Ireland and 571 deaths.

Minister for Health Simon Harris said that there would have to be a "low risk" to public health if the Irish Government is to ease restrictions on May 5. 

There have now been 17,244 cases on the island of Ireland since the virus was first diagnosed in late February and 764 confirmed deaths. 

Update 11 am EST: The Northern Ireland Public Health Agency announced 148 new cases of the Coronavirus in the region and 17 more deaths from the virus on Saturday. 

There have been 2,486 cases of the Coronavirus in Northern Ireland since the virus was first diagnosed on February 27 and 193 deaths. 

However, the death toll is likely to be significantly higher than official tallies after the British Government admitted COVID-19 deaths were actually one-third higher than reported. There have been 39 deaths outside hospitals that are suspected to be from the Coronavirus which would bring Northern Ireland's death toll to 232. 

Deaths in nursing homes and hospices were not included in Northern Irish figures up until April 10. 

April 17 - 706 deaths, 16,318 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:05 pm EST: 709 cases of coronavirus have been newly-confirmed in the Republic of Ireland today, 597 of which were confirmed in Irish labs and 112 in Germany. The country's total number of confirmed cases is now 13,980.

There have been 44 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the country's death toll to 530.

Of the 44 deaths:

  • 33 were in the east of the country, 3 in the northwest, 3 in the south, and 5 in the west
  • 25 were males, 19 were female
  • The median age of today’s reported deaths is 84
  • 25 people were reported as having underlying health conditions

Globally, there are more than 2.19 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and there have been more than 149,000 deaths. There have been more than 560,000 recoveries.

Update 11:25 am EST: 137 cases of coronavirus have been newly-confirmed in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 2,338.

There have been 18 more coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 176.

To date, 15,025 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

The Public Health Agency of Northern Ireland has provided this breakdown of confirmed cases:

Local Government District:

  • Antrim and Newtownabbey -174
  • Ards and North Down -161
  • Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon - 269
  • Belfast - 719
  • Causeway Coast and Glens - 116
  • Derry and Strabane - 146
  • Fermanagh and Omagh - 61
  • Lisburn and Castlereagh - 241
  • Mid and East Antrim - 160
  • Mid Ulster - 119
  • Newry, Mourne and Down - 140
  • Unknown - 32

Age:

  • 0 to 44 - 760 (33%)
  • 45 to 69 - 856 (37%)
  • 70+ 722 - (31%)

Sex:

  • Female - 1357 (58%)
  • Male - 980 (42%)
  • Unknown - 1 (0%)

April 16 - 644 deaths, 15,472 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:50 pm EST: 724 cases of coronavirus have been newly reported in the Republic of Ireland today. 629 new cases were confirmed by Irish labs and 95 confirmed in German labs.

There are now 13,271 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland.

There have been 43 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll to 486.

Of the 43 newly-reported deaths:

  • 27 had underlying health conditions
  • 34 in the East, 4 in the West, 5 in the South
  • 22 males, 21 females
  • Median age of 84

Of the total 486 coronavirus-releated deaths in the Republic of Ireland:

  • 298 (61%) deaths occurred in hospitals
  • 44 (9%) occurred in Intensive Care Units (ICU)
  • the median age was 82
  • the mean age was 69
  • the age range was 23-105
  • 403 (83%) had underlying health conditions

Globally, there are more than 2.1 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and there have been more than 140,000 deaths. There have been more than 532,000 recoveries.

Update 12:30 pm EST: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said today in the Dáil Éireann: "I don’t yet know if we’ll be able to relax restrictions on 5 May, but I do know that if we can at all, it’s going to be gradual and will happen over a number of months. As we know from Asia, they may even need to be reimposed again."

He added: "Only a scientific breakthrough, a vaccine, or an effective antiviral medicine will truly allow life to go back to being as it was. Other breakthroughs, like a reliable antibody test could really help them."

You can watch Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's speech here:

Update 11:20 am EST: 113 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in Northern Ireland, bringing the region's total number of confirmed cases to 2,201.

There have been 18 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 158.

To date, 14,240 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland Public Health Agency has published the following information regarding the confirmed cases in the region:

Confirmed cases by Local Government District:

  • Antrim and Newtownabbey -156
  • Ards and North Down -157
  • Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon - 246
  • Belfast - 689
  • Causeway Coast and Glens -103
  • Derry and Strabane - 144
  • Fermanagh and Omagh - 61
  • Lisburn and Castlereagh - 232
  • Mid and East Antrim - 144
  • Mid Ulster - 111
  • Newry, Mourne and Down - 132
  • Unknown - 26

Confirmed cases by age

  • 0 to 44 - 715 (32%)
  • 45 to 69 - 818 (37%)
  • 70+ - 668 (30%)

Confirmed cases by sex

  • Female -1265 (57%)
  • Male -935 (42%)
  • Unknown - 1 (0%)

April 15 - 584 deaths, 14,635 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 2:40 pm EST: During a press conference today, Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill said that restrictions in the region have been extended for another three weeks and will be reviewed on May 9:

Update 1:20 pm EST: 657 cases of coronavirus were newly confirmed today in labs in the Republic of Ireland. Additionally, 411 cases of coronavirus were confirmed from the backlog of older tests at the laboratory in Germany. There are now 12,547 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland.

There have been 38 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll to 444. 

Today’s data from Ireland's Health Protection Surveillance Center (HPSC), as of midnight, Monday 13th April (11,261 cases), reveals:

  • 55% are female and 45% are male, with 413 clusters involving 2,244 cases
  • the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years
  • 1,968 cases (18%) have been hospitalised
  • Of those hospitalised, 280 cases have been admitted to ICU
  • 2,872 cases are associated with healthcare workers
  • Dublin has the highest number of cases at 5,850 (52% of all cases) followed by Cork with 829 cases (7%)
  • Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 52%, close contact accounts for 42%, travel abroad accounts for 6%

Globally, there are more than 2 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 129,000 deaths. There have been more than 502,000 recoveries.

Update 11:30 am EST: In a bit of good news, Ireland's Minister for Health Simon Harris revealed today that 77 people have been discharged from Intensive Care Units after being diagnosed with coronavirus:

A number to give us hope this morning -77. The number of people with #Covid19 who have now been discharged from ICU. 77 lives recovering thanks to the amazing dedication of our health professionals. 77 families relieved. 77 reasons to motivate us & encourage us to stay the course

— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) April 15, 2020

Harris said these 77 individuals serve as signs of hope and further motivation to "stick to the plan:"

77 reasons to be motivated today and to stick with the plan, #stayhome & save lives #Covid19 https://t.co/R0P70iz515

— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) April 15, 2020

Update 11:15 am EST: There have been 121 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total in the region to 2,088.

There have been six more coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll in the region to 140.

To date, there have been 13,672 individuals tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland Public Health Agency has also provided this breakdown of the confirmed cases in the region:

Local Government District:

  • Antrim and Newtownabbey - 149 
  • Ards and North Down - 154 
  • Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon - 220 
  • Belfast - 649 
  • Causeway Coast and Glens - 98 
  • Derry and Strabane -133 
  • Fermanagh and Omagh - 61 
  • Lisburn and Castlereagh - 221 
  • Mid and East Antrim - 136 
  • Mid Ulster - 106 
  • Newry, Mourne and Down - 127 
  • Unknown - 34 

Age: 

  • 0 to 44 - 675 (32%) 
  • 45 to 69 - 782 (37%) 
  • 70+ - 632 (30%) 

Sex:

  • Female - 1184 (57%) 
  • Male - 902 (43%)
  • Unknown - 1 (0%)

April 14 - 540 deaths, 13,446 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:05 pm EST: As of midnight Monday, April 13, 90,646 tests have been carried out for individuals in the Republic of Ireland. 62,952 have been completed in Irish laboratories and 27,694 have been completed in a laboratory in Germany.

Over the past week, 20,468 tests were carried out in Irish laboratories and of these 4,233 were positive, giving a positivity rate of 21%.

Update 12:45 pm EST: There have been 832 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland. This figure includes 548 new cases confirmed in Irish labs and 284 cases confirmed by labs in Germany.

There are now 11,479 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland.

There have been 41 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland.  36 of the newly reported deaths were in the east of the country, four in the west, and one in the south. Of the 41, 16 are female, 25 are male. 31 of the 41 had reports of underlying conditions.

There have now been 406 coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland.

There have now been 540 coronavirus-related deaths and 13,446 confirmed cases on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are 1.94 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and there have been more than 121,800 deaths. 

Update 9:35 am EST: 85 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in Northern Ireland, bringing the total in the region to 1,967.

There have been 10 more coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland as of today, bringing the death toll there to 134.

13,095 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland to date.

April 13 - 489 deaths, 12,520 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 5 pm EST: The Department of Health confirmed 992 cases on Easter Monday, taking the Republic of Ireland's toll to 10,647. 

527 more cases were diagnosed in Ireland, while 465 cases came from a backlog in Germany 

The Department of Health also confirmed 31 more deaths from the virus as Ireland's death toll reached 365. 

Of those who died, 18 were female and 13 were male. 

The median age of those who died was 82. 

There have now been 12,529 cases of the Coronavirus on the island of Ireland and 489 deaths. 

Update 12 pm EST: Six more people died from the Coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the North's death toll to 124. 

There were additionally 76 newly-confirmed cases of the virus in Northern Ireland on Monday, which brings the total number of infections in the region to 1,882.

More than 12,000 people have been tested for the virus in Northern Ireland. 

April 12 

Update 1:35 pm EST: The Department of Health confirmed 430 new cases of the Coronavirus in Ireland and 14 deaths from the virus on Sunday. 

Additionally, the Department of Health confirmed 297 old cases of the Coronavirus that were being tested in a laboratory in Germany to clear a backlog in Ireland. 

There have now been 9,655 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland and 334 deaths. 

The median age of those who died today was 80, according to the Department of Health and 10 of the patients who died had underlying health conditions. 

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) also released data correct until Friday, April 10 and relates to 8,496 cases of the virus. 

1,777 cases of the Coronavirus have been hospitalized since the virus was first diagnosed on February 29 and 261 patients have required intensive care. 

Dublin has had the highest amount of cases with 4,514 (53%), while 2,312 cases are associated with healthcare workers. 

There have been 11,461 cases on the island of Ireland and 452 deaths.

Woman walking down O'Connell Street, wearing face mask.

Woman walking down O'Connell Street, wearing face mask.

Update 11 am EST: An additional 89 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Northern Ireland on Sunday and 11 more people have died from the virus. 

There have been 1,806 cases in the North since the virus was first diagnosed on February 27. There have been 118 deaths from the Coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 

April 11 

Update 2:10 pm EST: The Department of Health has confirmed 553 new cases of the Coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland and 33 deaths.

In addition to the new cases, the Department of Health also confirmed 286 older cases of the Coronavirus that had been sent to Germany to be yesterday. The Health Department confirmed 1,025 old cases of COVID-19 yesterday. 

There have now been 8,928 cases in the Republic of Ireland since the virus was first diagnosed on February 29. There have been 330 deaths from the virus. 

Cases on the island of Ireland now top 10,000 including the 1,717 cases in Northern Ireland. In total, there have been 10,645 cases on the island of Ireland and 427 deaths. 

Minister for Health Simon Harris said that he hoped to clear a testing backlog in the Republic of Ireland by the end of next week. 

He said that up to 30,000 tests had been sent to Germany and more than half of those results had been returned already. 

Update 10:50 am EST: There were 15 newly-confirmed deaths in Northern Ireland as the region's death toll reached 107. 

This is the highest number of deaths in a single day in Northern Ireland since the virus was first diagnosed in late February. 

There were also 127 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the toll in Northern Ireland to 1,717. 

Prominent Northern Irish politicians rowed in the Assembly about seeking the army's help in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Sinn Féin's Michelle O'Neill, Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, hit out at Health Minister Robin Swann for "failing to consult ministerial colleagues" before seeking the army's help. 

Swann has placed two formal requests to the army for help in distributing vital and life-saving equipment. 

O'Neill believes that the Health Minister has the responsibility to "exhaust all options" to ensure that life-saving equipment is moved swiftly around Northern Irland. However, she also believes that the Executive should have been notified before the requests were made. 

April 10 -367 deaths, 8,643 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 1:50 pm EST: There have been 480 cases of coronavirus newly confirmed in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the country's total to 7,054.

There have been 25 more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the death toll to 275.

There have now been 367 coronavirus-related deaths and 8,643 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 1.65 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 100,00 deaths. There have been more than 368,600 recoveries.

Update 1:30 pm EST: Members of the Northern Ireland Executive have shared this video urging people to stay at home this Easter weekend:

An important message from your Executive this Easter.#StayAtHome to save lives.@DUPleader | @moneillsf |@RobinSwannMoH | @conormurphysf |@poots2edwin | @naomi_long |@peterweirmla | @NicholaMallon | @gordonlyons1 | @DeclanKearneySF |@DianeDoddsMLA | @DeirdreHargey pic.twitter.com/SkLFWre8WY

— NI Executive (@niexecutive) April 10, 2020

Update 12:20 pm EST: You can read more about the extension of Ireland's restrictions that were announced today here.

Update 11:20 am EST: Ireland's Minister for Education TD Joe McHugh says schools will remain closed until further notice.

The Leaving Cert exams will be postponed until the last week of July or early August. A timetable will be confirmed at a later date.

The Junior Cert exam is cancelled and to be replaced with in-class tests in the new school year.

Update 11:15 am EST: Ireland's restrictions have been extended to Tuesday, May 5 as per recommendations from the NPHET. The current set of restrictions was set to expire on Sunday, April 12.

Update 11:11 am EST: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is making a statement following a meeting with Ireland's National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET):

WATCH: Statement by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Covid-19 restrictions, following a meeting of the National Public Health Emergency Team | Follow live updates: https://t.co/rBeqjRqKQu https://t.co/4j3d0L5Vlt

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) April 10, 2020

Update 11 am EST: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is about to make a speech in which he is expected to announce the extension of Ireland's restrictions amidst coronavirus.

Ireland's Leaving Cert examinations have been postponed until "late July or August." The Junior Certificate exams have been canceled this year.

Update 9:05 am EST: There have been 112 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland today, bringing the region's total to 1,589.

There have been 10 more coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, bringing the region's death toll to 92.

To date, 11,006 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

April 9 - 345 deaths, 8,051 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 12:55 pm EST: 500 more cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the country's total to 6,574.

There have been 28 more coronavirus-related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll in the country to 263.

As of today, there have been 345 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland, and there are now 8.051 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there have been more than 1.5 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than  90,000 deaths. There have been more than 340,000 recoveries.

Update 10:55 am EST: 138 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total to 1,477.

There have been 4 more coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, bringing the total to 82 in the region.

There have been 10,203 individuals tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland to date.

April 8 - 313 deaths, 7,413 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 12:40 pm EST: 365 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total in the country to 6,074.

There have been 25 more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the country's death toll to 235.

There have now been 7,413 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 313 coronavirus-related deaths on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 1.45 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 83,600 deaths. There have been more than 308,700 recoveries.

Update 11:45 am EST: 84 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases to 1,339.

There have been five more coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll to 78.

9,564 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland to date.

Northern Ireland's Public Health Agency published the number of confirmed coronavirus cases per local government district as of April 8:

  • Antrim and Newtownabbey - 81 
  • Ards and North Down - 110 
  • Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon - 135 
  • Belfast - 429 
  • Causeway Coast and Glens - 35 
  • Derry and Strabane - 52 
  • Fermanagh and Omagh - 43 
  • Lisburn and Castlereagh - 150 
  • Mid and East Antrim - 70 
  • Mid Ulster - 47 
  • Newry, Mourne and Down - 82 
  • Unknown - 105

April 7 - 283 deaths, 6,964 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland

Update 6:00 pm EST: Ireland's Minister for Health Simon Harris said this evening that he will be signing regulations that will grant gardai powers to enforce restrictions that have been put in place to curb Covid-19:

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said he will be signing regulations tonight to give gardaí powers to enforce Covid-19 restrictions | https://t.co/wdaZ8k3hDX pic.twitter.com/QmZLeHtnRB

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) April 7, 2020

Update 12:50 pm EST: 345 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total there to 5,709 cases.

There have been 36 more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the death toll in the country to 210.

There are now 6,964 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland. There have been 283 deaths.

Globally, there are more than 1.38 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and there have been more than 78,000 deaths. There have been more than 292,000 recoveries.

Update 11:15 am EST: 97 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases to 1,255.

There have been 3 more coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll there to 73.

9.158 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland to date.

The latest figures from Northern Ireland have been published as a Memorandum of Understanding between Irish Government and Northern Ireland Executive was agreed upon between Ireland's Health Minister Simon Harris and Northern Ireland's Health Minister Robin Swann.

The document "focuses on facilitating greater co-operation on areas such as: public health messaging, research, programmes of behavioural change, ethics, evidence base/ modelling, and public health and non-pharmaceutical measures. Other areas will be considered, such as procurement, where this is of mutual benefit."

Update 9:46 am EST:  While Ireland's restriction of movement has not officially been extended by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) Ireland's Minister for Health said it was unlikely that the rules will be relaxed. The restrictions were due to be lifted on Easter Sunday. 

Minister Harris said the measures are working but need to stay in place. 

The NPHET will meet on Tuesday to discuss the restrictions and a final call will be made on Friday. 

Harris said "We’ll get the formal advice later in the week but I believe in being truthful and honest with people in this regard.

“I think that any kind of sudden departure from the existing restrictions is highly unlikely, particularly when we know they’re working.

"We are not going to do anything as a government that will in any way jeopardize the lives and wellbeing of Irish people. We have got to stay the course."

April 6 - 244 deaths, 6,522 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 12:50 pm EST: 370 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the country's total to 5,364.

There have been 16 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the death toll to 174.

Globally, there are now more than 1.2 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 70,700 deaths. There have been more than 271,00 recoveries.

Update 12:45 pm EST: 69 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in Northern Ireland, bringing the total in the region to 1,158.

There have been seven newly reported coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll to 70.

To date, 8,740 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

Update 11 am EST: Ireland's Health Service Executive (HSE) said that it will double its capacity for daily coronavirus testing this week to about 4,500 tests a day.

Paul Reid, CEO of the HSE, said: "I'm very pleased to say that we will now be in a place, from next week, to now test 4,500 per day in our laboratories - we have been averaging between 2000 and 2500 a day, and very late last week it had been constrained to about 1500.

"So from this week, 4500, per day. That has involved, bringing on ordering laboratories across our hospital system throughout the last period so we now have the National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVR), plus another 18 hospitals."

April 5 - 221 deaths, 6,083 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update at 2:45 pm EST: The Department of Health has announced a further 390 cases of Coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland and 21 deaths, bringing the death toll in the country to 158. 

There have now been in 4,994 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Ireland since it was first confirmed on February 29. 

Nine of today's deaths were female and 12 were male, while the median age was 81. 

According to data correct up to April 3, 1,203 cases have been hospitalized since the virus was diagnosed while 165 patients have required intensive care. 

Unsurprisingly, Dublin has had the most cases in Ireland with 2,490 (56%) of Irish cases diagnosed in the capital. Cork has had the second-highest number of cases with 343 (8%). 

1,163 (27%) cases are associated with healthcare workers. 

There have now been more than 6,000 cases on the island of Ireland after 91 new cases were confirmed in Northern Ireland, bringing the region's toll to 1,089 and the island's toll to 6,083. There have been 221 deaths on the island. 

Update at 11 am EST: There were 91 newly confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Northern Ireland on Sunday and seven deaths from the virus. 

There have been 1,089 cases of Coronavirus in Northern Ireland since the virus was first diagnosed on February 27 and 63 deaths. 

In total, 8,486 people have been tested for the virus in Northern Ireland. 

April 4

Update at 12:45 pm EST: The Department of Health has confirmed 331 new cases of Coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland and a further 17 deaths from the virus. 

There have been 4,604 cases of Coronavirus in Ireland and 137 deaths since the virus was first diagnosed in the country at the end of February. 

There have been 5,602 confirmed cases of Coronavirus on the island of Ireland and 193 deaths after a further 94 cases and eight deaths were announced in Northern Ireland today. 

Covid-19: Dept of Health reports 17 more deaths and 331 new cases confirmed

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) April 4, 2020

Of the patients who died today, four were women and 13 were men. The median age of the deceased today was 77 and 13 of the patients had underlying health conditions. 

There have been more than 1.1 million cases of Coronavirus around the world and more than 62,000 deaths. There have been over 240,000 recoveries. 

Update 9:30 am EST: The Northern Ireland Public Health Agency has confirmed an additional 94 cases of COVID-19 bringing the number of confirmed cases in the region to 998. 

Eight more people have died from the virus in Northern Ireland, taking the death toll to 56. 

More than 8,000 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Northern Ireland. 

April 3 - 168 deaths, 5,177 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 12:45 pm EST: 424 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total to 4,273 cases.

There have been 22 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland consisting of 11 males and 11 females, 18 of which occurred in the east of the country, 3 in the south, and 1 in the west. 

There have now been 120 coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland. Of that 120, the median age is 82. 

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan announces 22 further deaths linked to Covid-19, as well as 424 new confirmed cases | Follow live #coronavirus updates: https://t.co/O0JghGfiPw pic.twitter.com/QyF5vNMCOy

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) April 3, 2020

There are now 5,177 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 1 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 55,700 deaths. There have been more than 221,600 recoveries.

Update 11:15 am EST: 130 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total to 904.

There have been 12 more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total to 48 in the region.

7,525 individuals have now been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

April 2 - 134 deaths, 4,623 confirmed cases on island of Ireland

Update 4:15 pm EST: This afternoon, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide passed 1 million.

Update 2:05 pm EST: 402 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total in the country to 3,849.

13 more deaths related to coronavirus have been recorded in the Republic of Ireland: nine in the east of the country, one in the south, and three in the west. Four were females and nine were males. There have now been 98 coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland.

The median age of the 98 people whose deaths are associated with Covid-19 is 82.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Ireland's Chief Medical Officer, said that 932 people have been hospitalized so far. Of that pool, 134 people have been admitted to ICUs, with 25 of those being discharged and 14 losing their lives. 109 coronavirus patients remain in ICU.

Dr. Holohan said, "we need to keep improving."

'If we keep growing at the rate we're growing' we won't be able to avoid the worst-case scenario, says Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan | Follow live updates: https://t.co/pEIGg5h65m pic.twitter.com/vjkixSxljF

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) April 2, 2020

There are now 4,623 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 134 deaths on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 981,200 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 50,200 deaths. There have been more than 204,600 recoveries.

Update 11:25 am EST: 85 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in Northern Ireland today, bringing the region's total to 774.

6 more patients have died, bringing the total to 36.

To date, 6,899 individuals in Northern Ireland have been tested for coronavirus.

Earlier: Ireland's Tánaiste (Deputy leader) Simon Coveney said that the restrictions on public movement due to Coronavirus Covid-19 may be extended beyond the current deadline of April 12. 

He said “I think people do need to realize that these restrictions may go on for some time and it’s wrong to put a timeline on it.

He added “We’ve set an initial period but I think it may well be that we will need to go beyond that initial deadline. But again that will be a decision taken with the best public health advice that we can get.”

The current restrictions were introduced on Friday (March 27, 2020) and are due to expire by April 12. 

Coveney was speaking ahead of a Cabinet sub-committee meeting on the pandemic. He said the Irish government would continue to follow the advice of Ireland's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan and the National Public Health Emergency Team.

April 1 - 105 deaths, 4,136 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Update 12:45 pm EST: 212 cases of coronavirus were newly confirmed in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number to 3,447.

14 more people who were diagnosed with Covid-19 have died, bringing the total to 85 people.

As of today, there are now 4,136 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 887,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 44,200 deaths. There have been more than 185,500 recoveries.

Update 11:10 am EST: 103 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases to 689.

Two more patients have died in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of deaths in the region to 30.

6,450 individuals in Northern Ireland have been tested for Covid-19.

March 31

Update: 3:40 pm EST: As of today, there are 3,821 confirmed cases on the island of Ireland - 3,235 in the Republic and 586 in Northern Ireland. An earlier update here incorrectly stated that there are 7,056 confirmed cases on the island of Ireland. 

Update 2:55 pm EST: 325 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total to 3,235.

There have been 17 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total to 71.

There are now 3,821 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 826,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 40,700 deaths. There have been more than 174,000 recoveries.

Update 1:45 pm EST: Ireland's Ambassador to the US Daniel Mulhall is urging all J1 visa holders in the US to return home. Read his message here.

Update 11:35 am EST: 53 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total to 586 confirmed cases.

Six more patients have died in the region, bringing the death toll to 28.

5,885 people have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

March 30

Update 6:30 am EST: The HSE has suggested that Ireland could reach its peak in mid-April and some worst-case scenarios predict that as many as 546 patients may require intensive care per day. 

There are currently 88 patients in ICU in Ireland. 

The number of patients requiring acute care may also rise to 1,328 per day by April 11, according to RTÉ. 

There are 170 ICU beds available in the country today and over 2,000 beds in the acute care system. 

Acute care is a branch of secondary healthcare that provides short-term treatments for various illnesses and injuries. 

Anne O'Connor, Chief Operations Officer with the HSE, said that the HSE was increasing its intensive care capacity in light of the predictions. 

If the figures are correct, it would put a serious strain on the Irish healthcare system. 

However, experts believe that the worst-case scenario is unrealistic given that Irish numbers have so far been well below the worst-case scenario projections. 

For example, the scenario projected that Ireland would report 878 new cases yesterday. In reality, Ireland reported just 200 new cases, less than 25% of the worst-case scenario. 

March 29 

Update 1:30 pm EST: Ten more patients have died in Ireland from COVID-19 and the Department of Health has confirmed 200 new cases in the country. 

There have been 2,615 cases of Coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland and 46 deaths related to the virus.

Of the ten people who died today, eight are male and two are female. 

The median age of the deaths today was 77. 

There were also 86 newly-confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total on the island of Ireland past 3,000. 

There were also six deaths in Northern Ireland today. 

There have been 410 cases and 21 deaths in the region and 3,025 cases and 67 deaths on the island of Ireland. 

March 28

Update 2:20 pm EST: The Department of Health has confirmed 294 new cases of Coronavirus and 14 new deaths related to the illness. 

There have now been 2,415 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland and 36 deaths. 

The Irish Government confirmed that the median age of today's deaths is 81. 

According to data relevant until March 25, 373 people over the age of 65 have been diagnosed with the virus. 

The number of cases is almost identically split between age groups. 

Age profile by cases pic.twitter.com/NWYX9q7cZO

— Fergal Bowers (@FergalBowers) March 28, 2020

In Northern Ireland, there were 49 newly-diagnosed cases of COVID-19, bringing the region's total to 324. Two more people died from the virus in Northern Ireland today, taking the death toll there to 15. 

March 27

Update 5:15 pm EST: You can read more about the new restrictions caretaker Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced tonight here.

Update 4:50 pm EST: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tonight announced that people in Ireland cannot go further than 2km from their homes unless in certain defined circumstances from midnight tonight for a period of 2 weeks.

WATCH: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Health Minister Simon Harris and Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan give a briefing on the Government's response to Covid-19 | Follow live updates: https://t.co/W2t5MvPevS https://t.co/nyt44hA8Nq

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) March 27, 2020

Update 4:35 pm EST: President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins has today signed into law the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest legislation.

In a statement, President Higgins said: "Extraordinary and difficult measures have been necessary as we try to stem the tide of increasing infection. The effects of those measures will become visible in the coming weeks.

"The legislation is emergency legislation for a time of crisis. It is appropriate that it has time limits and leaves our constitutional rights in place.

"These are difficult times, but our difficulties will come to an end. Let us make sure that, through the decisions and actions we take at present, we ensure the health and safety of each other, all of us together."

“Let us make sure that, through the decisions and actions we take at present, we ensure the health and safety of each other, all of us together.”

Statement from President Higgins following his signature of the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest: https://t.co/89zARvpm2h

— President of Ireland (@PresidentIRL) March 27, 2020

Update 2:45 pm EST: 302 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed today in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total to 2,121 confirmed cases.

3 more coronavirus-deaths have been reported in the Republic of Ireland, raising the tally to 22 in the Republic of Ireland.

Fergal Bowers, Health Correspondent for RTE News, said that the daily press conference from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) will not take place today:

It has been announced that the daily National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) Press Conference will not take place today.

— Fergal Bowers (@FergalBowers) March 27, 2020

There are now 2,396 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 576,800 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 26,400 deaths. There have been more than 128,300 recoveries.

Update 1:30 pm EST: 34 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the region to 275.

Three more people have died in Northern Ireland, bringing the tally to 13.

4,014 individuals have been tested for coronavirus in Northern Ireland to date.

Robin Swann, the health minister for Northern Ireland, said in a statement today: "The weather forecast is good for the next few days but I would really urge everyone to resist the temptation to head out and socialise.

“We have to maintain the fightback against Covid 19. That means every one of us staying at home and regularly washing our hands thoroughly. Only leave home if it’s absolutely necessary and, if you have to go out, keep your distance from others.

“This is about protecting yourself, protecting others and protecting the health service.

“For the sake of everyone you care about, don’t take a chance this weekend.”

Minister Swann additionally addressed concerns about personal protective equipment: "Let me assure staff once again that I hear their concerns loud and clear. They will already know from my short time in office how much I value them.

“This is a very fluid situation and there is inevitably very high demand for PPE. It needs to be emphasised that we have substantial PPE in stock and it is being issued to the system, with more orders placed.

“Steps have also been taken to streamline and improve its distribution – and to ensure the independent care home and domiciliary care providers are supported.

“Ensuring the safety of all staff who are dealing with COVID-19 patients is an absolute priority.  It is, of course, also essential that these products are used in line with advice.  

“Demand for PPE will inevitably intensify in the days and weeks ahead.

“We are therefore taking every conceivable step to keep building up our stocks to meet this demand. It is very welcome news that key global supply chains are starting to reopen.

“We will pursue every feasible supply route, both local and international, to enhance our supplies.”

March 26

Update 4:50 pm EST: There have been 10 more coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total to 19 deaths.

225 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed today, bringing the total to 1,819 confirmed cases in the Republic of Ireland.

There are now 2,060 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 523,100 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 23,600 deaths. There have been more than 122,000 recoveries.

Update 4:10 pm EST: The Dáil Eireann interrupted its business to join in with the rest of Ireland to offer a round of applause to the nation's frontline workers:

Applause as a mark of thanks and respect to the workers in the front line. pic.twitter.com/qHxWybOSjq

— VideoParliament Ireland (@videoparliament) March 26, 2020

New coronavirus figures are expected within the hour.

Update 2:25 pm EST: People across Ireland are being encouraged to take part in a nationwide round of applause for frontline workers at 8 pm tonight.

An image with the HSE logo circulating on social media reads: "During these unprecedented times, let us show our true appreciation for all the Nurses, Doctors, GP's, ambulance crews, carers, support staff, of our health service executive for their ongoing hard work as they continue to fight the Covid-19 Virus.

"Let us all applaud them to say Thank You on Thursday March 26 at 8pm."

"Give a big round of applause from your front door, garden, windows, living room - wherever you can to show them how much we appreciate all they are doing."

The Dail Eireann has agreed to stop their business this evening in order to take part in the round of applause:

👏🏻 The Dáil has agreed to interrupt its business at 8pm - irrespective of whatever item of business is being conducted at that time - to join in a national moment of applause for frontline workers at the vanguard of Ireland's #CoVID19 response.

— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) March 26, 2020

Several other countries have done similar nationwide rounds of applause. A notice is also circulating in the UK for the same time tonight.

Update 11:10 am EST: 3 more coronavirus-related deaths have been confirmed in Northern Ireland, bringing the total to 10 deaths.

There were 32 newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total to 241.

There have been 3,716 tests conducted in Northern Ireland.

New figures from the Republic of Ireland are expected later in the day.

March 25

Update 3:58 pm EST: 2 more coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total to 9 deaths.

The two newly reported deaths are understood to be a female patient in the East with an underlying health condition and a male in the East.

235 cases of coronavirus have been newly confirmed in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total to 1,564.

Dr. Tony Holohan, the Chief Medical Officer of Ireland, said: “Our data showed yesterday that only 6% of our tests so far returned positive; so for every 100 people we test we are only finding 6 people with COVID-19. In light of this, our case definition changed.

“Changing case definition is a standard practice in managing pandemics. Ultimately, we want our 6% detected rate to increase, we want to find as many people as possible with COVID-19, isolate them and contain the spread.”

Dr. Ronan Glynn, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, said: “We are seeking to prioritise those who are to be tested with a focus in the short-term on those who are vulnerable and those who are at the highest risk to exposure.”

The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland is now 1,771.

Globally, there are more than 458,900 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 20,500 deaths. There have been more than 113,600 recoveries.

Update 11:55 pm EST: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said this morning that the Republic of Ireland is unlikely to hit the 15,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country by the end of the month that was earlier predicted.

He said: "The estimate of 15,000 cases by the end of the month was based on a 30 - 33 percent increase in new cases every day.

"That hasn't happened, at least not as of yet, so it looks like we're going to come certainly lower than 15,000.

"That is, of course, 15,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus. There are many, many more cases out there that are not confirmed.

"I hope that is some evidence of some of the measures that people are taking having some effect."

He added: "We're still seeing not far off 200 new cases every day. I don't think we can start to even contemplate the idea that we're containing this virus until we start to see the number of new cases fall and fall consistently. We're nowhere near that."

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says there may be fewer than 15,000 confirmed cases in Ireland by the end of the month | Follow live #coronavirus updates: https://t.co/5xl0IqJCmf pic.twitter.com/XgCOMFK0p2

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) March 25, 2020

Update 11:20 am EST: Northern Ireland's Department of Health has confirmed that three more people in the region have died from coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 7.

As of this morning, there were 37 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total to 209 confirmed cases. 3,372 individuals have been tested to date.

New figures from the Republic of Ireland are expected later in the day.

March 24

Update 4:45 pm EST: 204 cases of coronavirus were newly confirmed in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 1,329. 

Another coronavirus-related death, a male patient with underlying health conditions in the east of the country,  has also been confirmed, bringing the total to 7 deaths in the Republic of Ireland.

The HPSC said that 17,992 coronavirus tests have been conducted in the Republic of Ireland as of midnight last night.

In Northern Ireland, 24 cases of coronavirus were newly confirmed today, bringing the total in the region to 172. 

Two more patients have died in Northern Ireland since yesterday, one of whom was a patient in their 80s and had underlying health conditions. Five people have now died from coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There have been 2,989 coronavirus tests conducted in Northern Ireland.

There are now 1,501 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 414,200 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 18,500 deaths. There have been more than 107,800 recoveries.

Update 1:35 pm EST: To read about the new restrictive measures being put in place in Ireland from tonight, read here.

Update 12:20 pm EST: In a speech today, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced that restriction measures will remain in place until April 19 at the earliest. 

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar outlines new measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 | Follow live updates: https://t.co/QffPYQeRRY pic.twitter.com/i7hqrJSWkb

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) March 24, 2020

Stay tuned for updates.

Update 11:30 am EST: Ireland's Department of Employment Affairs
Social Protection (DEASP) announced today that the pandemic unemployment payment will increase from €203 to €350 per week.

DEASP said in a statement:  "This is an unprecedented situation which requires an emergency response from Government.

"The rate is increasing to help ordinary people and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Increasing the rate of the weekly Covid-19 emergency payment to €350 (from €203) reflects the extraordinary situation we are currently experiencing. This is to try to compensate any direct loss of earnings suffered by people as a consequence of Covid-19.

"The value of the payment is equivalent to a gross income of just under €31,000 for a single person."

Update 11:15 am EST: Ireland's Minister for Education Joe McHugh said on Galway Bay FM today that schools in Ireland will remain closed past March 29.

"They won't be opening immediately after that," TD McHugh said of the March 29 date that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said on March 12 would be the tentative end of shutdown measures across the country.

"We will get confirmation, whether it's today or tomorrow, to find out what is the next date as to when the schools will be closed."

McHugh added: "My commitment to the students and for the students who are maybe having their breakfast this morning and maybe getting ready to study and really, really putting in such an effort, my commitment to them, and the Department’s commitment is, we want to make those exams happen.

McHugh went on to praise young people for responding to the unique circumstances "really, really positively."

While McHugh is dedicated to making the Leaving and Junior Cert exams happen, he acknowledged “we are going to be influenced and directed by the health experts. We don’t know where we are going to be in terms of the peak of this virus.

“I think we owe it those young people who are studying and putting in the effort to see this through to try to have these exams this year."

He clarified: "When I say this year, I mean the dates that are defined for this year. Whether it's or a project or research work that needs to be completed in May and exams in June, that’s what we are working towards.”

The Irish government is meeting today and announcements are expected later in the day.

March 23

Update: 4:40 pm EST: Ireland's Department of Health released research from a nationally representative online survey of 1,270 that was conducted today and will continue to be conducted twice weekly.

The survey found:

  • 93 % of the Irish population are washing their hands more often as a result of Coronavirus. 
  • 90% of people know the two most common symptoms (fever or cough)
  • 88% of people say they are staying at home, rather than going out
  • 84% of people say they are practicing social distancing in queues
  • 71% of people say they are sitting further apart from others
  • 75% are confident they would know what steps to take if they developed symptoms

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: "We understand the anxiety this outbreak may be causing people. All aspects of our public health advice are constantly reviewed by the National Public Health Emergency Team and we will not hesitate to take more measures where necessary, based on epidemiological evidence and in proportion with Ireland’s experience of this outbreak.

"The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet again tomorrow morning, where we will continue to review Ireland’s response and make further recommendations where appropriate."

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: "The key response that every individual can make if they are experiencing symptoms is to self isolate. While we continue to increase testing in Ireland, in line with WHO guidelines, the most important action that can be taken against this virus is isolation and social distancing.”

Update 2:15 pm EST: 219 cases of coronavirus were newly confirmed in the Republic of Ireland today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 1,125.

There have been two more coronavirus-related deaths confirmed today in the Republic of Ireland. Both patients were males in the east of the country. The total of deaths in the Republic of Ireland is now six.

There are now 1,269 cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 367,400 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 16,100 deaths. There are more than 100,800 recovered cases.

Update 12 pm EST: 20 cases of coronavirus were newly confirmed in Northern Ireland today, bringing the region's total to 148 confirmed cases.

Two people have died from coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

The total number of tests completed in the region is 2,692.

March 22 

Update at 2:30 pm EST: A fourth person in the Republic of Ireland from COVID-19. 

The patient was a man in the east of the country with an underlying health condition. 

The Department of Health confirmed 121 new cases of Coronavirus in Ireland on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases to 906. 

There are now more than 1,000 cases on the island of Ireland, with a further 128 cases in Northern Ireland. In total, there are 1,034 cases in Ireland. 

There has also been a sharp increase in the number of patients taken into intensive care. The tally stood at 13 yesterday but has more than doubled in the past 24 hours and now stands at 29. 

A total of 177 people have been hospitalized. 

HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid said that there was a five-day delay in people getting tested for the virus and as many as 40,000 people are awaiting tests. 

Update 11:20 am EST: A second person in Northern Ireland has died from COVID-19. 

The Department of Health in Northern Ireland said that the patient was elderly and had underlying health conditions. 

There were 20 newly-confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the region's total to 128. 

There are now 913 cases on the island of Ireland. 

March 21

Update 3 pm EST: The Department of Health has confirmed 102 new cases of Coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases to 785. 

The figure is lower than yesterday's 126 and almost half of Thursday's tally of 191 new cases, which is the highest daily increase since COVID-19 hit Irish shores on February 29. 

There were also 22 cases in Northern Ireland today as the region's tally moved past 100 to 108. 

In total, there have been 891 cases of Coronavirus on the island of Ireland. 

The Department of Health also released further information about the first 584 cases to be confirmed in Ireland. 

A significant 30% of those cases have been hospitalized, but just 13 cases (2%) have required intensive care. 

Unsurprisingly, Dublin has the highest number of cases with 55% of cases diagnosed inside the capital. Cork, Ireland's second-largest city, also has the second-highest number of cases with 15%. 

55% of all cases are male and 25% are associated with healthcare workers. 

Update 1:20 pm EST: Italy reported 793 deaths in the past 24 hours as the country's infection toll moved past 50,000. 

There were 6,557 newly-reported cases of COVID-19 reported in Italy today, bringing its tally to 53,578. 

4,825 people have died in Italy since Coronavirus was first diagnosed in mid-February. 

Update 11:30 am EST: Ireland's Minister for Health Simon Harris is meeting with Ireland's leading medical officials today at the Department of Health. This is the second meeting of the medical leaders' forum after an initial meeting was held on St. Patrick's Day. 

Groups representing all sectors of the medical community are attending the meeting, including GPs, consultants and medical schools. 

Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan will address them directly and update them about the current situation. 

Harris posted a video on his personal Twitter account this morning and said that Irish health authorities would do whatever they could to slow the spread of COVID-19. He also urged people to be conscious of their loved ones and "pick up the phone" and ring anyone who might be anxious about the current crisis. 

Morning. Let’s be kind to each other this weekend - let’s look out for each. Keep our physical distance but still be there for each other. Just some rambling thoughts from me this Saturday morning. In this together! #coronavirus #Covid19 pic.twitter.com/9EmuP2N6F3

— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) March 21, 2020

March 20

Update 6:30 pm EST: Ireland's Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan announced tonight that Immigration and International Protection permissions to reside in Ireland that are due to expire between March 20 and May 20 will automatically be renewed for a period of two months.

More information regarding this matter can be found here.

🚨 As part of the @DeptJusticeIRL response to #Covid_19, Min @CharlieFlanagan announces that renewals of immigration permissions are temporarily extended with immediate effect. 🚨 This measure will preserve the legal status of people with permissions about to expire soon. pic.twitter.com/WcYEs6cmsq

— Department of Justice & Equality (@DeptJusticeIRL) March 20, 2020

Update 6:00 pm EST: Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, announced today that the following places must be closed by midnight tonight in the UK:

  • Food and drink venues for consumption on-site, such as restaurants and cafes.
  • Drinking establishments, including pubs, bars, nightclubs.
  • Entertainment venues, including cinemas, theatres, concert halls, and bingo halls.
  • Museums and galleries.
  • Spas, wellness centres and massage parlours.
  • Casinos and betting shops.
  • All indoor leisure and sports facilities, including gyms.

The move comes more than a week after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar instituted widespread shutdowns in the Republic of Ireland.

Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster (DUP) and Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill (Sinn Fein) responded to the shutdown in Northern Ireland in a press conference:

Necessary measures: First Minister @DUPleader and deputy First Minister @moneillsf comment on the move to close pubs, clubs, theatres, gyms and other leisure businesses from tonight in a bid to slow the spread of #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/B5A6ciJGvS

— NI Executive (@niexecutive) March 20, 2020

Update 2:00 pm EST: 126 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed today in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the country's total to 683 confirmed cases. There have been 3 coronavirus deaths in the Republic of Ireland.

While Dublin has more than half of the confirmed cases in the country, Co Monaghan is the only county without a confirmed case.

Dr. Tony Holohan said: "Now is not the time for complacency. Every citizen who is practicing social distancing, who is taking precautions to limit the spread of this virus, is doing their country a service."

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, said: "We are aware that the actions we must take as a nation can lead to individuals feeling isolated and anxious. Be mindful of your mental health during this time."

In Northern Ireland, nine new cases were confirmed today, bringing the total in the region to 86. The total number of tests completed in Northern Ireland is 1,816. One person has died from coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

There are now 769 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 263,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 11,100 deaths. There have been 87,300 recoveries.

Update 11 am EST: The Irish embassy in the US is urging Irish citizens currently in the US  who normally reside in Ireland make arrangements to return to Ireland now.

In line with @dfatirl travel advice, we recommend Irish citizens currently in 🇺🇸 who normally reside in 🇮🇪 make arrangements to return home now. Bookings should be made through your airline but, if needed, contact details for our US missions are 👇. https://t.co/byHJW69xB6 pic.twitter.com/q1apLqNVmf

— Embassy of Ireland USA (@IrelandEmbUSA) March 19, 2020

March 19

Update 6:20 pm EST: Paul Reid, CEO of Ireland's Health Service Executive, said today that more than 40k people have responded to Ireland's Health Service Executive healthcare recruitment initiative "Be On Call For Ireland."

Over 40K applications for "On Call for Ireland" in @HSELive Overwhelming support from business, communities, social groups, & individuals. We will shortly commence a really tough time but all of us in HSE are inspired by this response. Thank you all so much #COVID19

— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) March 19, 2020

Update 5:20 pm EST:  The Dáil Éireann has passed emergency legislation regarding Ireland's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Health (Preservation and Protection and other Emergency Measures in the Public Interest) Bill features two major points: social welfare payments, and detaining people who have Covid-19 if needed.

TheJournal reports that the bill will be taken for debate in the Seanad tomorrow, before being signed into law by President Michael D. Higgins this weekend. 

The bill can be read here.

Update 5:10 pm EST: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had a 20-minute phone call today in which they discussed the response needed from the two nations in the face of covid-19.

"They agreed on the need to keep in contact and align their actions, in so far as possible, on the matter. The Prime Minister outlined the steps he announced yesterday to close the schools. The Taoiseach welcomed this decision which had brought a greater closeness between the position in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

"They also discussed developments in Europe and internationally and agreed on the importance of close co-operation in the context of the operation of the common travel area between Britain and Ireland.

"They both expressed the wish that political parties in Northern Ireland work collaboratively in the restored Executive. They also discussed the recent British proposals concerning how to handle legacy issues."

Update 2:25 pm EST: The third coronavirus-related death has been confirmed in the Republic of Ireland. The patient was reportedly a female in the east of the country.

191 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed today, bringing the total to 557 confirmed cases in the Republic of Ireland. The rise in that figure is attributed to more testing being conducted.

The median age of confirmed cases is 43-years-old.

In Northern Ireland, the first coronavirus-related death was confirmed today. Nine new cases were confirmed in the region today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 77. The total number of tests completed in Northern Ireland is 1,646.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases on the island of Ireland is now 634.

Globally, more than 235,700 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed and more than 9,700 deaths. More than 84,900 cases have recovered.

Update 2:05 pm EST: Ireland's Minister for Education Joe McHugh has announced the cancellation of oral and practical performance tests of the state examinations which were originally scheduled to take place from Monday 23 March to Friday 3 April 2020. 

All students who were due to take these tests will be awarded full marks for this portion of the exam. 

I have taken this decision with the best interests of students at heart & after considering what is the fairest approach. https://t.co/sUatPP7wX9

— Joe McHugh (@McHughJoeTD) March 19, 2020

The change to the 2020 state examinations means all students who were due to take oral and practical performance tests in the following subjects will be given full marks for this part of the examination: 

  • Oral tests in Leaving Certificate Irish and the Modern Languages of French,
  • German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Japanese.
  • Practical performance tests in Leaving Certificate Music.
  • Practical performance tests in Junior Certificate Music and Home Economics. 

Minister McHugh also confirmed changes to deadlines for students to complete project work and coursework in a number of subjects. 

Students were originally scheduled to complete these elements of the state examinations on a number of dates from Friday 20 March to Friday 24 April 2020, depending on the subject. 

Students will now be given until Friday 15 May 2020 to complete this work. 

Minister McHugh said: “This is a difficult time for all. Students are facing a challenging period out of school and our decision on this element of the exams is being taken with their best interests at heart. 

“It is the fairest response we could take in the circumstances. It guarantees that no student will score less than they would have if schools had been operating as normal. 

“We have seen a new emphasis on remote learning amid the uncertainty about the impact of Covid-19 and the closure of all schools. I hope this decision will ease some of the pressure that students are feeling and allow them to focus more clearly on completing project work and preparing for written exams.” 

March 18

Update 4:55 pm EST: Ireland's Department of Health has confirmed 74 new cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 366.

The breakdown of the 74 new newly confirmed cases is 45 males, 29 females.

Dublin has the highest number of cases at 129, followed by Cork (48) and Limerick (14).

The number of coronavirus deaths in the Republic of Ireland remains at two.

Dr. Tony Holohan, the Chief Medical Officer in Ireland, said: "Again, today we are seeing another increase in case numbers. The importance of social distancing cannot be underestimated. Everyone must play their role."

“Reduce your social contacts to those in your closest family network. Practice social distancing. Stop shaking hands and hugging when you say hello.”

Earlier on March 18, six new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Northern Ireland, bringing the total in the region to 68. The total number of tests completed in Northern Ireland is 1,482.

There are now 434 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 214,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 8,700 deaths. There have been more than 83,000 recoveries.

4:40 pm EST: It was announced today that schools in Northern Ireland will close from the end of the day on Friday, March 20. The move comes after the Republic of Ireland shut down all of its schools on March 12.

Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster (DUP) and Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill (Sinn Fein) made the announcement during a press conference earlier on March 18.

Foster said: "This is unprecedented. We are exploring how our schools can continue to be a base for the education of children whose parents are health service staff or other key workers such as the blue light services."

Later, O'Neill, who has been calling for the closure of schools in the region, tweeted:

The closure of schools is the correct and necessary move.

We will all need to work together to save lives and to mind each other.

I will continue to work actively as Joint Head of Governemnt to protect you and your family.

— Michelle O’Neill (@moneillsf) March 18, 2020

3:40 pm EST: Ireland's Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue announced measures to help people deal with the financial strain of COVID-19:

  • flexible arrangements for business and personal customers with their banks - including 3-month payment breaks where necessary (customers are advised to contact their bank)
  • contactless payments to increase to €50 in the interests of public health policy
  • making sure that people can continue to access banking services

The GAA announced that the Connacht Senior Football Championship, scheduled for May 3 at Gaelic Park in the Bronx, NY has been postponed.

The GAA said: "The future for this fixture will be considered at a later date and in the context of the anticipated overall re-drawing of the national fixtures calendar for 2020 as necessitated by the ongoing disruption to the GAA games programme."

#GAA news: The @ConnachtGAA SFC clash @NewYorkGAA v @Galway_GAA on May 3 has been postponed

— The GAA (@officialgaa) March 18, 2020

A number of big-name stores in Ireland announced their indefinite closure today. Penney's, who employs about 10,000, is set to shutter all 37 of its shops in the country, while Brown Thomas, Arnotts, and BT2, who employ about 4,000 in total, will close from 5 pm in Ireland until further notice.

To our Brown Thomas community,
An important announcement pic.twitter.com/2JpcIAulsD

— Brown Thomas (@brownthomas) March 18, 2020

March 17 - St. Patrick's Day

Update 8:00 pm EST: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar delivered a historic State of the Nation address at 9 pm in Ireland. In it, he said the coronavirus fight could continue into the summer months.

Update 2:00 pm EST: There are 69 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total to 292 confirmed cases.

The breakdown of the newly confirmed cases is:

  • 29 males and 40 females.
  • 48 associated with the east of the country
  • 13 associated with the south
  • 5 associated with the north/west
  • 3 associated with the west

There have been 2 deaths associated with COVID-19 in Ireland.

Dr.  Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer,  said: “Cooperation across the health service has never been more important and I would like to thank our colleagues in their ongoing efforts to help us to prepare for and limit the spread of COVID-19.”

Dr. Ronan Glynn said: “Today’s meeting emphasised the importance of us all coming together, sharing our perspectives and ensuring that our health workforces are supported and enabled to to respond dynamically at this crucial time.”

A further ten cases have been confirmed in Northern Ireland, bringing the total in the region to 62.

Overall there are 354 cases on the island of Ireland. RTE reports that to date, 6,636 Covid-19 tests have been carried out.

Read more: 15,000 cases of coronavirus in Ireland by end of month, warns government

Ireland launches healthcare recruitment drive

Ireland's Minister for Health Simon Harris announced a healthcare recruitment drive, 'Be On Call for Ireland.'

An appeal to help your country as we deal with #coronavirus #Covid19. We are hiring people right across the health service - https://t.co/FcV6QXr6i4 for more info and to apply. Thanks so much pic.twitter.com/XAPhk14Bo4

— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) March 17, 2020

Ireland's Health Service Executive (HSE) said: "We are asking all healthcare professionals from all disciplines who are not already working in the public health service to register to be on call for Ireland.

"We will be creating extra hospital and care beds and will need extra hands to provide the care that’s needed. We need your help to meet the challenge that’s ahead.

"Maybe you aren’t a healthcare professional, maybe you’re studying to be one, or maybe you have other skills to offer or just want to volunteer to do your bit if needed.

"Hopefully we won’t need to call, and if we do, we may not need every one of you. But knowing you are there if we do will make all the difference."

World Health Organisation commends Irish government's actions

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the Irish government is heading in the right direction with the manor in which they are dealing with Coronavirus COVID-19. 

Ireland's Minister for Health Simon Harris spoke with the WHO via teleconference on St. Patrick's Day. He said it is "so important we work together on this global pandemic."

Doctor David Nabarro, the WHO special envoy for the global COVID-19, said "I think the world is waking up to the reality of the enormous threat that this unseen enemy is offering us.

"It really is an epic struggle and it takes time for each one of us to realize what this means."

Home of GAA - Croke Park opens as COVID-19 test facility

On St. Patrick's Day, March 17, Croke Park, in the north of Dublin city, will open as a drive-thru facility for testing for COVID-19, for designated appointments only. 

A message was sent to local residents which read:

"This will not be a walk-up service.

"The stadium layout has been identified as being suitable for facilitating this important service at this time.

"As soon as we have further information, we will share it with you."

Irish government to nationalize private hospitals for needed beds

Also on St. Patrick's Day it was confirmed that the Irish government are considering taking over private hospitals in an effort to combat the Coronavirus outbreak. 

There are 2,500 beds in the private hospital sector in Ireland. A number of these are intensive care unit beds. 

Sinn Féin's Health spokesperson Louise O'Reilly said "We have limited capacity in our public hospitals, and while alternative settings of care are being identified and made available to treat patients, it is also important that private hospital capacity is at the ready," she said.

"Yesterday, Spain took all private hospitals under public control as the country combats Coronavirus - we must stand ready to do the same."

March 16

Update 5 pm EST: There are 54 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total to 223.

The HPSC said the breakdown is 30 males and 24 females.

  • 41 are associated with the east of the country
  • 11 are associated with the south
  • 2 are associated with the north/west of the country

There have been 2 deaths associated with COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland.

In Northern Ireland, as of Monday, March 16, testing has resulted in 7 new positive cases bringing the total number of positive cases in the region to 52.

There are now 275 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Update 3:45 pm EST: Ireland's National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) recommends today that "all Irish residents be advised against all non-essential travel overseas at this time until 29th March."

NPHET additionally "strongly recommends against leisure cruise ship travel at this time."

The Team "recommends that all persons, including Irish residents, entering the country from overseas should restrict movement for 14 days, if asymptomatic. This does not apply to Northern Ireland at this time. This measure applies prospectively." This recommendation does not apply to "essential supply chain workers."

Today the National Public Health Emergency Team met on Covid-19. It made some important recommendations including advising against non-essential travel overseas. See letter from @CMOIreland below: #COVID19 #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/8ZOAJq8GiR

— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) March 16, 2020

Update 3:05 pm EST: Local residents were today informed that Croke Park in Dublin will be used as an appointment-only drive through coronavirus testing site.

A notice read: "Following a high-level request from the HSE today and in the national interest, Croke Park is to become a drive-thru facility for testing for Covid-19 for designated appointments.

"This will not be a walk-up service. The stadium layout has been identified as being suitable for facilitating this important service at this time.  As soon as we have further information, we will share with you."

March 15 

Update 2:20 pm EST: There are 40 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 169.

According to the HPSC, the breakdown of the 40 new cases is:

  • 23 males, 17 females
  • 25 are associated with the east of the country
  • 9 are associated with the west,
  • 6 are associated with the south

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “In regard to upcoming St Patrick’s Day celebrations, the Government is calling on all members of the public not to organise or participate in any parties in private house or other venues which would put other peoples lives at risk.

“Everyone is asked to reduce their social contact over this time period. House parties/ COVID parties carry the same risks as being in a pub/club.

"Therefore people should not organise or attend them. The virus is now in our community, it is up to us to limit its spread.

“Now is the time for action and to heed the public health advise we will continue to provide.”

Eleven new cases were confirmed in Northern Ireland earlier on Sunday, bringing the total number in the region to 45. 

There are now 214 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Update 1:30 pm EST: The Irish Government has called on all pubs in Ireland, including hotel bars, to close from this evening until March 29 at the earliest. 

Minister for Health Simon Harris confirmed the announcement at Government Buildings following discussions with the Licensed Vintners Association and the Vintners Federation of Ireland. 

Harris said that he expects all 7,000 pubs throughout the country to close, which will affect more than 50,000 bar staff. 

Breaking: All pubs asked to close from midnight. pic.twitter.com/o90Yj5MEVy

— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) March 15, 2020

The Irish Government is also calling on people to avoid going to house parties or other venues on St. Patrick's Day in order to curb the spread of Covid-19. 

There was a campaign on social media to close Irish pubs after videos surfaced that showed crowded pubs in Temple Bar on Saturday night. 

March 14 

Update 2:20 pm EST: There are 39 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland. Another death has been recorded. There are now 129 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland.

#BREAKING: A second person has died, and 39 more cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed by Dept of Health https://t.co/abSiIyjfBK

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) March 14, 2020

Update 1:05 pm EST: Ireland and the UK have been added to the US travel ban, effective midnight EST on March 16. American citizens and legal residents will still be permitted to enter the US during that period, but will be funneled through one of 13 designated airports for processing.

Update 12:20 pm EST: Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs and Travel is now urging a "high degree of caution" if making travel plans to Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Spain.

Italy is still designated under the "do not travel" advisory from Ireland.

Many countries imposing travel restrictions due to #COVID19 Irish citizens should now exercise a high degree of caution when making travel plans.@dfatirl now advising against non-essential travel to Czech, Cyprus, Denmark, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Spain & No travel to Italy. pic.twitter.com/mGTdFjJint

— Simon Coveney (@simoncoveney) March 14, 2020

Update 12:15 pm EST: The J1 visa program in the US has been suspended for 60 days:

US Embassy in Dublin has confirmed that the J1 visa programme, which is popular among Irish students, is being suspended by the US Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs for 60 days.

— Fergal Bowers (@FergalBowers) March 14, 2020

Update 7:35 am EST: Political leaders and health officials in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are meeting today in a special, cross-border Ministerial Council in County Armagh. 

Taoiseach Leo Vararkar, Tanáiste Simon Coveney, Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill all attended the council among other high-profile cabinet members on both sides of the Irish border. 

Varadkar said that COVID-19 is a virus that "knows no borders" ahead of the meeting. 

"Our response to it is made more difficult as we do have two jurisdictions on this island," he said. 

Ministers are exercising social distancing at today’s North South Ministerial Council meeting in Armagh.

Compare today’s meeting to how close they sat in previous NSMC meetings. #coronavirus @BBCNewsNI pic.twitter.com/fCjrRYkNNf

— Darran Marshall (@DarranMarshall) March 14, 2020

The Irish Government decided Thursday to close all schools, colleges and childcare facilities in Ireland for more than two weeks. The Northern Irish Government has not taken this approach and presently listens to advice from the British Government in London. 

Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill favors implementing the Irish policies. 

March 13

Update 8:20 pm EST: Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs and Travel (DFAT) is now advising people to exercise "a high degree of caution" if traveling to other EU States.

The DFA has placed Italy under a "do not travel" advisory, and China, Iran, and Spain under a "avoid non-essential travel" advisory.

NB TRAVEL ADVICE: In light of rapidly changing conditions & restrictions across a number of EU countries, my Dept is now advising people to exercise “a high degree of caution” before deciding to travel to other EU States. We will continue to update advice. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/5ai8U4SGiH

— Simon Coveney (@simoncoveney) March 13, 2020

Update 2:15 pm EST: Ireland's Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has been informed of 20 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

  • 6 cases are associated with travel
  • 12 are associated with contacts of confirmed cases, 4 of which are healthcare workers
  • 2 cases are associated with community transmission

There are now 90 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland. There has been one death.

The National Public Health Emergency Team met on March 12 to review Ireland’s response to COVID-19 preparedness. The following decisions were made;

  • Case Definition updated: Symptoms of new onset fever of 38 degrees or more, or chills and/or symptoms of respiratory tract infections including cough will be considered when assessing the requirement for testing.
  • All people returning from areas identified on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) website for avoidance of non-essential travel, should restrict their movements for 14 days.
  • Discharge criteria for self-isolating confirmed cases, as recommended by the Expert Advisory Group, has been approved for implementation.
  • EAG will consider travel restrictions for healthcare workers

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The National Public Health Emergency Team will continue to monitor the ongoing threat of this virus and will take actions where necessary.

“For people returning from areas affected by COVID-19, we strongly encourage the individual to restrict their movements."

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “We appreciate these measures have a significant impact on the daily lives of families. However, they are necessary for the public good.

“Parents should try and avoid arranging play dates for groups of young children at this early stage of the outbreak.

“However, rather than staying indoors, consider outdoor activities such as playing football in the open in small groups of 3 or 4 while maintaining social distancing of 2 metres.

“This is a time to be mindful of the public health guidelines and apply these measures to your daily lives.”

In Northern Ireland, the Public Health Agency said: "As of 2 pm on 13 March 2020, there have been 321 concluded tests since testing began, of which 292 were negative, and 29 were positive."

There are now 119 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Globally, there are more than 137,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 5,000 deaths. More than 69,000 cases have recovered.

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Update 1:30 pm EST: For the first time in its history, the kissing of the Blarney Stone has been prohibited until further notice:

For the first time in our history the kissing of the Blarney Stone has been postponed until further notice.

The castle & gardens are still open and we would like to reassure all our visitors that we are doing everything possible to provide a safe experience.

— Blarney Castle & Gardens (@Blarney_Castle) March 13, 2020

Aer Lingus has announced that it is waiving its flight-change and rebooking fees through March 25:

Bookings for travel up to 31 May on our network will not be charged change fees to re-book to another date or route. Changes to bookings should be made no later than 25 March using ‘Manage Trip’ on https://t.co/wpVnwVplQG. A fare difference may apply.

— Aer Lingus (@AerLingus) March 13, 2020

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Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill (Sinn Féin) is calling for the region's schools to be closed. On March 12, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced, among other restrictions, that all schools in the Republic of Ireland will be closed from March 13 - March 29.

I believe now is the time to take action and to close schools, universities and colleges.

That must happen immediately.

We need one approach across the island to deal with #Covid_19. pic.twitter.com/ckBnmOYYVq

— Michelle O’Neill (@moneillsf) March 13, 2020

Minister for Health Simon Harris said that people returning to Ireland from Spain and or Italy will be presented with information at Irish airports and are being instructed to "restrict their movements" for the next two weeks, including not going to work.

While Italy, the worst-hit country in Europe, is on total lockdown, 60,000 people in Spain were ordered into lockdown on March 12.

Harris clarified that people returning to Ireland from the Cheltenham Festival in the UK will receive information upon their return home, but they will not be under any similar restrictions as people returning from Spain and or Italy.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said all people coming back from Spain and Italy are being asked to restrict their movements for the next two weeks, which means not going to work | Read more coronavirus coverage: https://t.co/839hgCRs1u pic.twitter.com/9kqQLzY8Ck

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) March 13, 2020

March 12

Updated 2:20 pm EST: 27 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed today in Ireland with six patients being cared for in ICUs.

  • 22 cases associated with local transmission
  • Two associated with community transmission,
  • Three associated with travel

There are now 70 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, an increase from the 43 confirmed cases on March 11.

There are 20 cases in Northern Ireland as of March 12, bringing the total number of cases on the island of Ireland to 90. 

Updated 2:05 pm EST: The GAA has confirmed the suspension of all activities through March 29.

It said in a statement: "In light of this morning’s Government announcement, the GAA, An Cumann Camógaíochta and the Ladies Gaelic Football Association have decided to suspend all activity at club, county and educational levels until March 29 (inclusive) from midnight.

"This is to include all games, training and team gatherings at all ages and all grades."

GAA, @LadiesFootball and @OfficialCamogie joint statement on #COVID2019IRELAND #GAANews

— The GAA (@officialgaa) March 12, 2020

Updated at 12:30 pm GMT: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced that all schools, colleges, and childcare facilities will close in Ireland in a bid to delay the spread of coronavirus.

Additionally, outdoor public gatherings of more than 500 people and indoor gatherings of more than 100 people have also been canceled.

Bars, restaurants, and cafes may remain open, but managers are being asked to implement "social distancing" measures. Public transport will remain operational.

Varadkar said the measures will come into full effect on Friday, March 13 and be in place until Sunday, March 29.

Watch my full statement on COVID-19 here:#Covid_19 pic.twitter.com/WkoEnTKdyO

— Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) March 12, 2020

Ireland has now moved from the "containment" phase to "delay" phase. 

Minister for Health Simon Harris said that all tourist attractions and cultural institutions will also be closed over the same period. 

'Clear medical guidance' that people should not find themselves at indoor social gatherings in places with more than 100 people | Read more: https://t.co/0dZzTUDn4s pic.twitter.com/U760mLltuy

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) March 12, 2020

The Irish Government is calling on people to work from home where possible to curb the spread of the virus. 

There are now 43 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland. 

Previously

On Thursday, March 12, the Mater Hospital in Dublin canceled most surgeries and appointments as well as imposing a blanket ban on children visiting the hospital. 

The Mater Hospital is limiting activity at the hospital to essential services only from TODAY (Thursday 12th March).This means that all outpatient appointments and elective surgeries will be limited to essential services only until further notice.

— Mater Hospital Trauma (@MaterTrauma) March 12, 2020

On March 11, Ireland's Health Service Executive (HSE) announced nine new cases of the virus, bring the total in the Republic of Ireland to 43.  There are also 18 cases of the virus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total on the island of Ireland to 61.

A patient died on Wednesday, becoming the first person in Ireland to die from coronavirus. She was believed to be have had prior underlying health conditions. 

A number of high-profile events in Ireland have fallen victim to the outbreak of the virus. 

All across the country, St. Patrick's Day parades were canceled on Monday amid fears of spreading the virus even further. 

The virus has also impacted several Irish sporting events. 

The Irish Government postponed a Six Nations rugby match between Ireland and Italy at the beginning of March after Italy reported a spike in infections. 

Italy is by far the worst affected European nation and, with over 12,000 cases of COVID-19, has seen the worst outbreak of the virus outside China.

Ireland's following Six Nations game with France in Paris was also postponed when the French Government placed a ban on public gatherings of 1,000 people or more. 

France's COVID-19 tally has surged past 2,000 in the last few days.

In soccer, Ireland's crucial Euro 2020 playoff with Slovakia in Bratislava will be played behind closed doors. Around 2,200 Irish fans had tickets for the match, which is set to take place on Thursday, March 26. 

The virus has wreaked havoc across Western Europe and the Department of Foreign Affairs has advised Irish people not to travel to Italy. It also advises any Irish people who have recently returned from Italy to place themselves in self-isolation immediately. 

On March 11, the Department of Foreign Affairs advised against non-essential travel to some parts of Spain, which has seen a particularly bad spike in infections. 

TRAVEL ADVICE 2/2: re #COVID19 .This evening we are upgrading our overall security status in respect of Spain to “exercise a high degree of caution” & advising against non-essential travel to the following areas: Madrid, Vitoria & Labastida in the Basque Country and La Rioja.

— Simon Coveney (@simoncoveney) March 11, 2020

US President Trump announced on March 11 that a ban on travel from Europe to the US (not including the UK) will go into effect on March 13. The DHS later clarified that the ban is only subject to nations in the Schengen Zone, and Ireland is therefore not included.

Hospitals across Ireland have imposed an almost total ban on visitors to curb the spread of infections. 

The University of Limerick Hospital Group, which consists of six hospitals in the west of the country, has banned visitors with some exceptions, including parents visiting young children and visitors visiting patients who are close to death. 

The UL Hospital Group also canceled all outpatient appointments and elective surgeries until Wednesday, but it is unclear whether that will be extended. 

The first case of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland was reported on February 29. It soon led to a two-week closure of a school in Dublin.

Read more: All St. Patrick's Day parades in Ireland canceled due to coronavirus