Ten new cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in the Republic of Ireland - bringing the total number to 34.

Two are healthcare workers, while the remainder had either returned from an affected area or had close contact with another confirmed case.

The ten new cases includes a male and a female in the West of Ireland.

Meanwhile, public health doctors say nursing homes and some hospitals should lift blanket visiting bans, which were introduced in response to coronavirus, and say there is no need to close schools due to the outbreak “at this point in time”

The National Public Health Emergency Team also described measures recommended by undertakers, including the immediate cremation in bodybags of deceased people who had Covid-19, as “unnecessary”.

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