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Coronavirus Ireland Five further deaths and 461 new cases as Government plan major staycation push

The Government is also planning a major push to ensure people holiday in Ireland rather than choosing to travel abroad once restrictions are eased.

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Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan, Deputy CMO Dr Ronan Glynn and Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan, Deputy CMO Dr Ronan Glynn and Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan, Deputy CMO Dr Ronan Glynn and Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

There have been five further deaths of people with Covid-19 and 461 new cases of the virus confirmed by the National Public Health Emergency Team today.

It means there has been a total of 4,872 Covid related deaths in Ireland.

There has now been a total of 264,204 confirmed cases in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today: 235 are men and 224 are women, 75pc are under 45 years of age and the median age is 28 years old.

As of 8am today, 162 people are in hospital with Covid, with 46 people in ICU.

There have been 9 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of Thursday, 1,317,165 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

A total of 934,980 people have received their first dose and 382,185 people have received their second dose.

It comes as the Government is also planning a major push to ensure people holiday in Ireland rather than choosing to travel abroad once restrictions are eased.

Supports for the hospitality industry will be extended into the summer months and a new State-supported spending incentive for holidaymakers will be introduced.

The Government wants to ensure people book staycations in Ireland when the EU introduce digital green passports for vaccinated travellers.

The vaccine passports are expected to be rolled out by mid-July at the latest.

The much-hyped Stay and Spend initiative is to be ditched in favour of a more consumer-friendly incentive scheme to encourage people to holiday in Ireland.

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Central to the Government’s holiday-at-home plan is ensuring inter-county travel is permitted and restrictions on indoor dining are eased as soon as possible.

Indoor dining and accommodation is not expected to return until late June or July.

However, with an eye on kick-starting the tourism season earlier, the Government is considering allowing B&Bs and guesthouses open before hotels.

Next week the Cabinet are set to sign off on ‘Plan for the Summer’ which will give an indication of how restrictions will be eased over the coming months

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