COVID-19 Ireland cases update as Taoiseach confirms delay to indoor dining

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A total of 351 new COVID-19 cases were announced by health authorities today.

Some 46 people are in hospital, 16 of whom are currently in ICU.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin confirmed a delay to the much-anticipated return of indoor dining which was originally planned for July 5.

Due to the rise of the delta variant, which is far more transmissible than previous variants, the Government has decided to delay the return until at least July 19.

Ministers are also considering keeping indoor dining restricted to those who’ve been fully vaccinated, which has been advised by NPHET.

This news comes on the back of a forecast from NPHET, which painted a stark picture if indoor dining was to resume while the Delta variant continues to grow.

Other changes that were set to be introduced on July 5 are still going ahead.

These include increasing wedding guests from 25 to 50. Protective measures will still be in place.

The number of people attending outdoor events will increase including this week’s Leinster Hurling match at Croke Park which is set to have 8,000 spectators.

Other outdoor sports matches/events in smaller arenas will increase from 100 to 200 and 200 to 500.

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A group of Anti-Lockdown protesters clash with Gardai) in Grafton Street, Dublin, during Level 5 Covid-19 lockdown. On Saturday, Fabruary 27, 2021, in Dublin, Ireland.

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Source: Dublin News