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30,000 New Coronavirus Tests Arriving In Ireland Today

Kim Buckley
Kim Buckley

9:47 AM - 19 Mar 2020



30,000 new coronavirus testing kits are due to arrive in Ireland today.

There are now 366 cases here in the Republic, after 74 people tested positive yesterday.

There are now plans for more test centres, after Dublin's Croke Park opened this week.

The GAA headquarters is being used by the HSE as a drive-through facility to test people by appointment only.

GPs can order the test through the online system established this week.

The Department of Health has also published a breakdown of the country's first 271 cases.

Most are linked to travel, a fifth are healthcare workers and almost a third of those with the virus are under the age of 34.

Meanwhile, the Dáil is expected to approve drastic new laws today aimed at tackling the coronavirus.

They include allowing the government to detain people who have the virus and refuse to self isolate and allowing the government to shut down mass gatherings.

It also gives a legal footing to the enhanced welfare supports for people who's jobs have been hit.

However, just a third of TDs have been asked to come to Leinster House to allow for social distancing in the Dáil chamber.

The country's five main banks will also brief Central Bank officials later on their plans for customers affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Yesterday it was announced homeowners financially impacted by Covid-19 will be able to have their mortgage repayments frozen for three months.

Today's discussions are expected to focus on the current mortgage lending rules, with bankers looking for them to be streamlined given the current crisis.



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