BREAKING: One more death and 21 new cases, pubs may not reopen on new August 10 deadline: Tánaiste
One more person has died after contracting the coronavirus as 21 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.
It brings the overall death toll as a result of the virus to 1,749. There are now 25,698 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the country.
Meanwhile, the number of people in Wicklow who have been diagnosed with the virus has risen by one to 709, according to the latest available breakdown of cases.
The latest cases were confirmed today as the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Leo Varadkar signalled the reopening of pubs could extend beyond August 10.
The Fine Gael leader told the Dáil that pubs and nightclubs will definitely not open any sooner than that date.
Mr Vardkar said: “We are not saying they will open on the 10th of August. We are saying they will open no sooner than the 10th of August. And it will depend on the numbers and on how the virus behaves between now and then.”
Meanwhile, a row has erupted over the new rules surrouding the wearing of facemasks in shops across the country.
The Retail Grocery Dairy and Allied Trades Association said stores and retail outlets should not be expected to police the wearing of face masks, which they said will be difficult to impose “unless the Government makes it mandatory”.
Yesterday the Government announced people must wear face coverings when they visit shops, retail outlets and shopping centres. The Government wants people to begin obeying the guidance immediately, but regulations will take some time to draft.