December 5, 2020

LATEST: Kilkenny among 335 new cases of virus as five further deaths confirmed, travel restrictions as mutated strain spreads to humans

A further five people have died after contracting the coronavirus as 335 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.

It brings the overall death toll as a result of the virus to 1,945. There are now 64,855 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the country, according to the latest daily briefing from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPTHET).

The breakdown of the latest cases is as follows: 72 are in Dublin, 41 in Donegal, 26 in Mayo, 25 in Cork, 23 in Kerry, with the remaining 148 cases are spread across 19 other counties, including 21 more infections in Kilkenny.

Earlier today, the Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan confirmed that anyone arriving into Ireland from Denmark will have to restrict their movements for 14 days amid concerns about a mutated strain of Covid-19 in mink that has spread to humans.

The minister said there will be no exemptions to the measure, even for people travelling for essential purposes.

The British government has introduced an immediate ban on visitors from Denmark, but Mr Ryan told RTÉ there are currently no plans to implement a similar ban in Ireland.

There are three mink farms currently operating here but no mink have been imported this year.

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