Coronavirus: No deaths and 68 new COVID-19 cases

Coronavirus: No deaths and 68 new COVID-19 cases

Among the other measures which the Taoiseach will formally announce shortly, all pubs and restaurants in the three counties must close tomorrow, but will be allowed serve takeaway meals.

Visits to prisons, acute hospitals and nursing homes will be suspended except on compassionate grounds. They will be able to travel through the counties, but not stop unless for an essential reason.

Shops and childcare facilities will remain open, as long as they follow strict social distancing guidelines.

He warned people from those counties to be particularly careful and said he could not rule out specific restrictions being imposed on those three counties.

Sports events will be called off, it has been reported, but non-contact outdoor sports and training can continue for groups of up to 15.

"We are conscious that as we move forward, our responses need to be more nuanced and sustainable", said Martin.

The latest measure which came into on Friday midnight and will last for an initial period of two weeks, involves Kildare, Offaly and Laois counties, all located in the central southern part of Ireland, reports Xinhua news agency.

Advice from the Republic's National Public Health Emergency Team remains that all non-essential foreign travel should be avoided, regardless of whether or not a country is on the green list. This was expected and we will continue to monitor closely.

"I fully understand that today's decision will be very disappointing and will cause significant disruption for numerous people in these counties who have already made very significant personal sacrifices in supporting the public health measures throughout this time".

Ireland on Friday announced new localised lockdown measures in three counties following an increase in coronavirus cases.

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