Covid 19

  • The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed of an additional 13 deaths related to Covid-19, bringing the total number of deaths in Ireland related to the novel coronavirus to 1,604.

    A further 76 confirmed cases have also been announced.

    There is now a total of 24,582 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

  • The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that 2 people with COVID-19 have died.

    There have now been a total of 1,714 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

    13 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were detected over the past 24 hours. There is now a total of 25,368 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.


    The State's chief medical officer says the country isn't yet in a position to ease some Covid-19 restrictions on 18th May.

     1,375 people with the virus have died after a further 37 fatalities were confirmed last night, while there are now 22,248 diagnosed cases.

     An additional two cases in Mayo brings the number of confirmed cases to 512, with 375 in Galway.

    An additional 31 confirmed cases were reported in Co Roscommon, bringing the number to 212, with 121 confirmed cases in Sligo.

     From May 18th, the gradual lifting of measures is due to begin, with the return of outdoor workers, and the reopening of DIY stores and garden centres.

     Dr Tony Holohan says that's not guaranteed, but he remains hopeful..


  • Hospitals have reported a further reduction in the number of patients admitted with confirmed and suspected cases of Covid-19.

    There are now a total of 902 patients in hospitals with either confirmed or suspected coronavirus.

    The hospitals with the most confirmed cases are in Dublin, while Mayo University Hospital has 31 patients with confirmed Covid-19 and 14 suspected cases.

    The latest HSE figures also show there are 90 patients with the virus in intensive care units across the country, which is also reduction on recent days.

    Meanwhile, the testing criteria issued to GPs for Covid-19 has been broadened, so that patients no longer need to be in an at-risk group to be referred for a test.

    Patients need only to have a sudden onset of either a cough, fever, or shortness of breath, and no other cause that explains their illness, to be eligible for testing.

    They need to be referred by their GP for a test.

  • 44 more people have died after contracting Covid-19 in the Republic.

    The death toll across the country now stands at 530.

    In the past 24 hours 702 new cases have been detected, including 112 from swabs sent to German labs.

    The total number of positive tests now stands at 13,980.

    In Mayo there are now 259 confirmed Cases of Covid-19.

    There are 266 cases in Galway, 69 in Sligo and 61 confirmed cases in Roscommon.


    The Cabinet sub-committee on Covid-19 will meet today to discuss the impact of the major restrictions introduced last Friday.

    The death toll due to the virus in the Republic has increased to 85.

    14 further patients died from the virus yesterday - none of the latest deaths were in the West of Ireland - there were 4 deaths in the South and 10 in the East of the country.

    An additional 212 cases have been confirmed, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 3,447.

    THE number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Mayo has increased to 48.

    The rise reflects the escalation of testing with the opening of a testing centres in Castlebar.

    The number of confirmed cases in Galway is 88, there are 22 in Sligo and 10 in both Sligo and Roscommon.

  • Another four people with Covid 19 have died in the Republic, and there are 16 new confirmed cases.

    The death toll now stands at 1,714 and the total number of cases is 25,355.

  • A further ten people with Covid 19 have died in the Republic.

    It brings the death toll here to 1,497.

    There are also 159 new confirmed cases - the total now stands at 23,401.

  • Three more people with Covid 19 have died here. 

    Eight new cases have also been announced.

    The death toll from the virus is now 1710 while there's a total of 25,341 confirmed cases. 

  • A further three people with Covid-19 have died in the Republic of Ireland. 

    Eleven new cases have been confirmed also.

    It brings the death toll in this country to 1,730, while there have been 25,414 confirmed cases.

  • A further three people with Covid 19 have died in the Republic, and there are six new confirmed cases.

    The death toll now stands at 1,738 and the total number of cases is 25,477.

    The National Public Health Emergency Team says 31 new coronavirus cases linked to travel were confirmed in June.

    Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says the advice remains for people to avoid non-essential travel.


    A three month agreement has been made for private hospitals to operate as public facilities.

    19 hospitals with a capacity of under 2,000 beds with 47 intensive care units will be used by the HSE - however the total cost of the deal has not been finalised.

    The hospitals will treat patients with coronavirus and those who need elective surgeries, and aims to relieve pressure on the current system.

    Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says any people who use the facilities will be treated as public patients:

  • No covid-19 patients were reported to have died in the Republic yesterday for the first day since March,  while 18 further cases were confirmed here.

    There was one additional confirmed case in Mayo, bring the number of cases in the county to 572. There was no increase in confirmed cases in the other four counties of Connaught.

    It's emerged Ireland had more deaths than in a normal year in March and April -- but the Chief Medical Officer says that trend stopped in May.

    He was responding to analysis published by the Business Post at the weekend based on death notices.

    It argued Ireland's "excess deaths" up to the start of May were higher than in other European countries.

    But Dr Tony Holohan says the elevated death rate here hasn't lingered the same way.

  • Ballina Fringe Festival, now in its third year, will take place from the 9th to the 18th of October. 

    The good news was announced today by festival organisers, who are actively planning ahead and looking forward to this year’s festival.

    An artistic exploration of life lived on the North Mayo coast, the festival plans to bring another lively programme of visual arts, music, spoken word and theatre to life this year, with contingency build in for socially distant and innovatively delivered events if required at that time.

    Pure Ballina, the festival’s signature street art programme that brought striking and colourful contemporary street art to Ballina will continue in 2020, with yet another street artist in residence working alongside some of Ballina’s community groups.

    Festival organisers are working to finalise a programme of events at present, as well as identifying prospective partners for the Pure Ballina street art project.

    A call for street artists will issue shortly and fundraising for the festival is ongoing.

    Festival updates will continue online at, in the press and on social media.

  • 748 tests for Covid-19 were carried out at Mayo University Hospital between 25th May and 14th June.

    The figures were given by the HSE at yesterday's online meeting of the Regional Health Forum in response to queries from Castlebar Councillor Michael Kilcoyne.

    Over the same 3 week period, almost 700 Covid-19 tests were carried out in the community in Co Mayo.

    571 of the Mayo tests were positive.

    However, Councillor Kilcoyne was informed that Covid-19 tests are not available on demand from people concerned about caring for elderly or vulnerable people - they must be referred by a GP.

    Councillor Kilcoyne had also asked about the total number of people who died at Mayo University Hospital and other HSE healthcare facilities in Co Mayo since the start of the pandemic - but was told that this information could not be provided.

    Councillor Kilcoyne told Midwest News this evening that it was more a case of the Saolta Hospital Group refusing to provide the figures.

  • The Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council is asking people not to visit county Mayo over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

    Westport based councillor Brendan Mulroy is urging everyone to adhere to the national Covid 19 restrictions and not to visit family or friends this Easter, not to travel to holiday  homes, or to the county's beaches and mountains - unless they live within 2km  of these facilities.

    Speaking with Teresa O'Malley, the Cathaoirleach said it's a difficult ask, but necessary if we are to “flatten the curve” on the spread of the virus.

  • The Saolta Hospital group needs to make a statement urgently on claims of a crossover of nursing staff between Covid and non-Covid patients at Mayo University Hospital.

    That's the view of Mayo Fianna Fail TD Dara Calleary, who has also written to the Minister for Health this morning asking that he provide a report on the matter to the Dail.

    Nurses at the Castlebar Hospital claim the crossover of staff between Covid positive and negative patients has continued up to this week, despite a claim by the Saolta Hospital group CEO Tony Canavan on Midwest News several weeks ago that this practice had ceased from 21st April.

    Midwest News again contacted the Saolta Hospital group last night to ask if there is currently any crossover of staff between positive and negative patients, and to request a further interview with hospital management.

    We were informed this morning that CEO of the Saolta Group Tony Canavan is not available for interview today. We have requested that he, or the hospital manager, speak with us as soon as possible.

    Councillor Michael Kilcoyne, Cathaoirleach of the Castlebar Municipal District, has now called on the Minister for Health Simon Harris to investigate what's going on at the Castlebar hospital, with the aim of preventing the further spread of the virus among patients and staff.

    This lunchtime, Deputy Dara Calleary says he has now raised these concerns at Ministerial level, but says hospital management also need to respond as a matter of urgency...

  • The Government is said to be considering accelerating the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions if the number of new cases continues to decline.

    The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar may make an announcement in early June on easing parts of the lockdown.

    The next phase in the planned easing of the lockdown is due on June 8th, with a further phase on June 29th, and another on July 20th. But if the numbers of cases and deaths continue to fall in the coming weeks, some aspects of the July 20th opening could be brought forward to June 29th.

    The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) said four additional Covid-19 deaths and 57 new cases were reported yesterday, a significant fall when compared to the height of the crisis.

    Nonetheless the number of confirmed cases in Mayo continues to rise, with rises in confirmed cases in counties Galway and Roscommon again yesterday.

    The number of people who have tested positive for Covid 19 in Mayo now stands at 568, that’s up 4, the number in Galway is 458 (up 3), Roscommon 318 (up 4), Sligo remains the same at 129, and Leitrim the same at 82.

  • Direct payments to farmers selected for an inspection by the Department of Agriculture will not encounter payment delays this year.

    That's according to IFA Deputy President Brian Rushe who says the Department has confirmed that they have now secured flexibility from the EU Commission to make payments on inspection cases where they are not fully complete.

    He said in previous years it was most frustrating and unsatisfactory that many farmers who were selected for inspection incurred payment delays.

    Mr. Rushe says with over 129,000 farmers making a Basic Payment application across all the schemes and the severe income problems from the COVID-19 crisis this year, it is absolutely essential that all farmers are paid on time.


    The Dublin Horse Show has been cancelled due to the coronavirus.

    The Horse Show was due to take place at the RDS in Dublin from 15-19 July, but this evening the RDS has announced the event is cancelled,  as part of the national effort to control the virus.