July 14, 2024

A further two people die as just 66 new cases confirmed, plans to scrap travel ban by end of June: report

A further two more people have died after contracting coronavirus as 66 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.

It bring the overall death toll as a result of the virus to 1,652. There are now 24,990 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the country, according to the latest daily briefing from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

Meanwhile, reports today said the Government is considering accelerating the reopening of the country, including scrapping limits on how far people can travel from home three weeks early.

Museums, galleries, hairdressers and other amenities could also reopen by the end of June, while hotels could be allowed to operate with limited occupancies subject to the spread of Covid-19 remaining suppressed, according to the Sunday Independent.

It said the current 5km limit on travel is expected to be replaced by a new 20km limit from Monday week, but the Government is now considering if this could be allowed to expire from June 29, three weeks earlier than envisaged under the current roadmap.

The report added that “senior government figures” are optimistic the roadmap can be accelerated in the coming weeks, but caution that decisions will be guided by data, including hospital and ICU admissions numbers.

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