July 13, 2020
Business News

LATEST: One more death and just three new cases as Ireland prepares to reopen tomorrow, global cases surpass 10 million

One more person has died after contracting the coronavirus as just three new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.

It brings the overall death toll as a result of the virus to 1,735. There are now 25,439 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the country, according to the latest daily briefing from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

The latest casualties were confirmed as business owners and employees around the country are busy making last-minute preparations for the reopening of many premises tomorrow.

Shops, hair salons and barbers are among many other retail outlets which can open their doors to the public again.

Some sporting and educational facilities are also reopening their doors, three months after they were closed to halt the spread of the infection.

The latest key step in the reopening of the country will see the eagerly-awaited return of hairdressers, cafés and restaurants, pubs and hotel bars serving food.

Hostels, caravan parks, galleries and museums, theatres, music venues, concert halls and cinemas can also welcome visitors again.

Up to 50 people are allowed to gather indoors and up to 200 outdoors. Meanwhile, all restrictions for travelling within Ireland will be lifted from tomorrow.

Crèches, childminders and preschools will open for children of all workers who need childcare to return to work.

Children will be grouped into pods, of between six and 12, to reduce the risk of transmitting Covid-19.

All sporting activity can also resume tomorrow.

Meanwhile, internationally the total number of Covid-19 cases has surpassed the 10 million mark as the pandemic surges, particularly in the US and Latin America.

At least 10,003,942 infections, including 498,779 deaths, have been registered around the world, according to an AFP tally based on official sources.

Europe remains the hardest hit continent with 2,637,546 cases, including 195,975 fatalities. The US has 2,510,323 infections, including 125,539 deaths.

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