One more person with COVID-19 has died

Face masks on public transport made compulsory
  • Deborah Condon

One more person with COVID-19 has died in the Republic, bringing the total number of deaths here to 1,744.

A further 25 cases of the virus have also been confirmed, while one has been denotified, bringing the total number of cases here to 25,589.

As of Friday, there were 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in hospital, nine of which were in ICU.

Over 491,000 tests have been carried out, including more than 45,000 in the last seven days.

The Department of Health's acting chief medical officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, has called on people to "exercise, socialise and enjoy life in a safe and responsible way".

"Continue to protect each other using public health advice and encourage each other to make safe choices as we work together to limit the spread of COVID-19. We have all achieved so much through solidarity over the last few months, that effort must not be in vain," he commented.

Meanwhile earlier, the Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, confirmed that from Monday, July 13, the wearing of face masks will be compulsory on public transport.

He said that people "will not be allowed to stay on buses or trains without a mask".

However, the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) has said that while it welcomes the news, it has already made it "extremely clear that frontline staff will not be policing adherence".

"Our frontline transport workers will not be policing this issue. We are not prepared to put our members in a position of conflict with passengers who choose not to wear face coverings," commented NBRU general secretary, Dermot O'Leary.

Phase 3 of the easing of COVID restrictions is now in place. For more on this, click here.


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