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Latest figures Coronavirus: 6,521 new cases, 10 further deaths confirmed

There is now a total of 127,657 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, while the death toll now stands at 2,307.

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Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer

A further 10 Covid-19 related deaths and 6,521 new cases of the virus have been confirmed in Ireland by the Department of Health this evening.

There is now a total of 127,657 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, while the death toll now stands at 2,307.

Of the cases notified today, 2,174 are in Dublin, 571 in Cork, 382 in Limerick, 342 in Waterford, 315 in Wexford and the remaining 2,737 cases are spread across all other counties.

Meanwhile, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has warned business owners to be prepared for the possibility that they may not reopen until the end of March.

Mr Varadkar said the timeline he described is with use of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines and it could be stepped up more if the Astrazeneca one becomes available.

But he added: “If I was running a business now I would be thinking that it’s a probability that I’ll be closed until the end of March.”

He added: “In case I put the heart across people we will review the situation on January 30 and make decisions on restrictions then.”

“The situation is deteriorating. It is very bad. It is going to get worse in our hospitals and ICUs. We’re not going to be out of the woods by the end of January”.

Supports like the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) and weekly payments for businesses which are closed will continue until at least March 31 “in case things go on that long”.

He added: “I think anybody in the business community needs to be prepared for that possibility.” Up to 500,000 people may end up on the PUP.

Mr Varadkar said the Government is engaging with banks to ensure they provide additional payment breaks to mortgage holders and people with loans who can’t meet the payments as a result of the crisis and the response so far has been “positive”.

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