Saturday, August 08, 2020

The wearing of face masks will become mandatory on Monday in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.

At least one more case of Covid-19 has been recorded in Mayo.

The news has been confirmed by the Department of Health this evening.

The number of Covid-19 cases nationally has increased by 174, while one additional death have been recorded.

There were 110 cases recorded in Kildare, 27 in Dublin, seven in Cork, seven in Offaly and six in Meath. The remaining cases were spread across 13 other counties, of which Mayo is one.

Cases have also been reported in neighbouring Galway and Roscommon after several days where none had been reported in the whole of Connacht. Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Donegal, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Tipperary, Wexford and Wicklow each have fresh cases also but it has not been released exactly how many new cases are in each county.

The country will be paying particular attention to the high number of cases in Kildare, Laois and Offaly after it was announced that those counties would have lockdown restrictions reimposed on Friday night.

People there are now being told to remain in their own county, with garda checkpoints in place to ensure the guidelines are followed.

Restaurants will be forced to close, with only businesses serving takeaway food permitted and people are being advised to work from home where possible.

All indoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of six people from no more than three households and visitation in long-term residential care centres and prisons has been suspended, except on compassionate grounds.

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

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