January 21, 2021
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COVID-19 LATEST: 43 more die, 724 new cases, Taoiseach warns restrictions could be in place for months

Forty-three more people have died after contracting the coronavirus as 724 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.

It brings to 486 the number of people who have died from the virus. There are now 13,271 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country.

The latest coronavirus fatalities were confirmed as Taosieach Leo Varadkar warned the current restrictions will only be relaxed over a number of months.

The Taoiseach told the Dáil the government would like to set out a roadmap on how the Covid-19 restrictions, which were extended until May 5 just before the Easter weekend, might be eased before then.

“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 is going to be gradual and happen over a number of months,” Mr Varadkar said.

“As we know from Asia, they may even need to be re imposed again as only a scientific breakthrough – a vaccine or an effective antiviral medicine – will truly allow life to go back to being as it was.”

The measures state that everyone must stay home except in specific circumstances, which include travel to and from work for essential work that cannot be done from home; to shop for food, household goods or collect a meal; to attend medical appointments, collect medicines and other health products.

Other exemptions include farming, the care of animals and leaving home for vital family reasons such as providing care for the elderly or vulnerable.

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