There have been 10 new deaths from COVID-19 in Ireland.

That’s more in one 24 hour period than the entire number thus far, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 19.

The median ages of the deaths are 79.

There have been 255 new cases diagnosed, bringing the total to 1,819.

Student nurses will be paid for the duration of the Covid-19 crisis.

The Health Minister has confirmed that all 4000 student nurses and midwives will be offered a contract as a Healthcare Assistant and will be paid accordingly.

This will allow students to complete their placement in a HCA role and continue to complete their course.

Building contractors are being given 48 hours to follow the Covid 19 guidelines for the workplace.

Every site is to have a designated person responsible for overseeing social distancing.

While a voucher worth €2,500 is being made available to businesses that employ up to 50 people, to help them develop strategies during the emergency.

The Business Continuity Voucher is available through Local Enterprise Offices and will allow those firms meet third party consultancy costs.

Meanwhile over 2,000 Irish citizens across 86 countries have asked the Government for help getting home in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis.

There are 170 Irish citizens, including a number of medics, were put on a flight home from Perth, Australia yesterday.

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