• The Health Protection Surveillance Centre says the risk of the coronavirus outbreak coming to Ireland is "moderate to low."

    Officials in China say the death toll has risen to 25, with 830 confirmed cases.

    Health officials in the North expect to get test results back later on a patient being examined for the deadly virus at a Belfast hospital.

    The man entered the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast yesterday after presenting with symptoms of the illness.

    Dr. John Cuddihy - Director of the HPSC - says the fact that there are no direct flights from

    It's thought the man being tested in Belfast may have recently returned to Northern Ireland from an affected area in China.

    Former Stormont Health Minister Jim Wells wants anyone who travelled from the region to be examined.

  • The organisers of Galway 2020 say there will be a "significant contraction" of this year's programme.
    The board met yesterday to discuss the evolving situation around the coronavirus pandemic.

    In light of the challenges posed by the Covid-19 outbreak, the board of Galway 2020 decided a significant contraction of the programme is necessary, and said decisions will be taken in the very near future which will be consistent with Government policy.

    It was agreed that the measure is necessary in the interest of public health, and the board said more detailed information will be provided in the days ahead.



  • Ireland is in the middle of a national and global emergency.

    That's according to Taoiseach Leo Varadker, who made a rare Ministerial Address to the nation last night on the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Government has announced that emergency legislation is to be put before the Dáil tomorrow.

    It follows the confirmation last night of 69 new cases of covid-19 in the Republic -- bringing the total to 292.

    5 of the new cases are in the north/western region, and 3 in the West.

    Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the outbreak was unprecedented in our lifetimes, and restrictions may continue for months.

    He warned that this is just "the calm before the storm - before the surge" and said it could take months for the coronavirus to be brought under control.

    The Taoiseach also said older people and those with a long term illness will be advised at some point to stay at home for several weeks, during the coronavirus crisis.

  • 16 more people have died from Covid19 in the Republic while 370 new cases have been confirmed. 

     It brings the death toll here to 174. 

    One of the latest deaths was in the West of the country, 4 in the northwest and 11 in the east.

    The total number of confirmed cases now stands at 5,364.



  • A healthcare worker in the south of the country is one of the latest people to be diagnosed with coronavirus in Ireland.

    She'd come into contact with a previously confirmed case and is among five new cases of Covid 19, bringing the total to 18.

    There are now seven people in the west, seven in the east and four in the south being treated for the virus.

    Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn says everything is being done to protect healthcare workers.

    Mayo University Hospital has implemented visiting restrictions which will continue into next week and will be kept under review.

    These restrictions are being put in place as an infection control measure and will apply to all hospitals in the Saolta Group.

    A hospital spokesperson stated, “We are asking the public not to visit the hospital other than end of life situations and other exceptional circumstances as agreed with the ward manager in advance of visiting. To arrange a visit, families should telephone the hospital and request to speak to the relevant ward manager who will decide if a visit can be facilitated without compromising the welfare of the patients on the ward. Children in particular should not visit patients in hospital.

    “We recognise that the visiting restrictions may be challenging for patients and their families, however, our priority must be to protect the patients in the hospital who are vulnerable to infection. We would like to thank members of the public for their co-operation.”


  • 19 more covid-19 patients have died and 330 new cases have been confirmed this evening.

    There have now been a total of 1,303 Covid-19 related deaths here.

    There have also been 330 additional new cases of the coronavirus diagnosed, bringing the number of confirmed cases here to 21,506.


  • There are 20 new cases of Covid-19 in the country today, but no more deaths.

    The total number of cases is now 25,845, and the death toll is 1,763.

    Acting chief medical officer, Ronan Glynn, says it's clear the virus is still circulating in our communities.

    The Health Minister Stephen Donnelly today said the R number had fallen to about 1.1.

  • 14 new patients in the east of the country have died from coronavirus.

    The Health Protection Surveillance Team says there are also 294 new cases of Covid-19 in the Republic.

    The latest deaths bring to 36 the number of people who've died here, while the number of people with coronavirus has reached 2,415.

    Health Minister Simon Harris says extra staff have been hired in the health service to tackle the crisis.

  • 39 more people have died from the coronavirus in the Republic and 445 new cases have been confirmed by Irish labs.

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre says an extra 48 cases have been reported by a lab in Germany.

    It brings the number of new cases combined to 493 for today, with a total of 15, 251 people who have the disease here.

    37 deaths were in the east, with 2 in the west of the country, including 20 men and 19 women.

  • 60 thousand people have been laid off in the last week due to Level 3 of coronavirus restrictions.

    The extra measures were brought in across the country to deal with the rising number of coronavirus cases.

    It led to a ban on indoor dining with only businesses doing takeaway or with outdoor seating allowed to stay open.

    Tanaiste Leo Varadkar has confirmed it's led to a surge in the number of people on the pandemic unemployment payment.

  • An 82-year old Co Roscommon man, who contracted the coronavirus, is urging older people not to panic, as he has made a full recovery.

    Paddy Joe Lynch from Ballinameen near Boyle spent ten days in Sligo University Hospital after contracting Covid-19.

    He returned home last Thursday and has fully recovered from the virus.

  • The Republic of Ireland has 90 cases of COVID-19.


    Twenty new diagnosis of the disease were made yesterday, which includes two healthcare workers.


    On the island there are 119 cases being treated.


    Dr Tony Holohan, the state's Chief Medical Officer - says there are no issues with people complying with self-isolation so far:

  • Around 16 million people have been put on lockdown in Italy.


    The government signed a decree at midnight saying no one is allowed in or out of the Lombardy region, as well as 14 provinces.


    Museums, gyms and swimming pools will close.


    Cafes and restaurants can remain open - but people must stay a metre away from each other.

  • An action plan has been launched to deal with the community response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development,  Michael Ring launched an action plan to support the community response.

    There were three key initiatives, Letting people know how and where they can volunteer, providing community supports for older people and launching a help desk to assist smaller community groups.

    Helping the most vulnerable in society from a safe distance was one of the key messages.

    Minister Ring says there are many ways for people to volunteer in these difficult times and is urging everyone in society to play their part during this crisis.


    Today’s meeting at Clonmel will be the last to take place in Ireland until April 19 at the earliest.
    The Government has confirmed that all sporting events taking place behind closed doors must also be suspended from midnight.
    Among the suspensions is the Irish Grand National meeting at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday April 13th.

  • A national helpline has  been launched today for elderly people who have concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.

    ALONE - the organisation that supports older people - is operating the helpline in association with the Department of Health and the HSE.


    The helpline number is 0818 222 024,  and is open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday.


  • Older people should heed the advice of the government on cocooning during the current coronavirus crisis, however difficulty it may be.

    That's according to a spokesman for advocacy group alone, Alone.

    The over 70s have been advised to stay at home until Easter Sunday and to get friends, neighbours or support groups to help with shopping for food and other necessities.

    People are also being advised not to received visitors from outside their household.

    Sean Moynihan from Alone said it's important to remember the current situation will not last forever.

  • Businesses across Ballina need Government support now more so than ever and looking after staff has to be paramount during this pandemic.

    That's according to the Ballina Chamber of Commerce who say's a rates freeze needs to be introduced to support local businesses in this difficult period.

    The Chamber is hosting a live Facebook workshop today at 4pm answering questions that concerned business owners may have.

    Mags Downey from the Ballina Chamber of Commerce says rates staffing and HR issues are top of the agenda and is confident that the wider communtiy will support businesses stronger than ever when they reopen.

  • Well known singer Sean Costello, a native of Ballinrobe, is recovering from coronavirus at his home in Galway.

    Séan, who has played lead roles in musicals across the West for many years, also owns a chain of hairdressing and beauty salons, which of course are now closed due to Covid-19.

    The Ballinrobe native tested positive for Covid-19 in March after returning home from an annual skiing trip to Austria.

    He went into self-isolation within his home for 14 days, and feels he's now recovering from the virus, although still has a lingering cough.

    Sean is looking forward to reopening his businesses and resuming his singing career once this crisis passes.

  • Bank of Ireland is temporarily closing 101 of its branches across the country from tomorrow, due to coronavirus.

    It's due to a significant reduction in footfall over the past ten days.

    However, Bank of Ireland says 161 bank branches will remain open.

    In Mayo, 6 branches will remain open - in Ballina, Belmullet, Castlebar, Claremorris, Swinford and Westport.

    Normal opening hours will continue in these branches, but all other Bank of Ireland branches in the county will close from tomorrow - however ATM services will still be available at all branches.

    Meanwhile, AIB says its branches remain open to customers - except for those located on college campuses.