Dr Tony Holohan

  • 16 more people have died from Covid19 in the Republic while 370 new cases have been confirmed. 

     It brings the death toll here to 174. 

    One of the latest deaths was in the West of the country, 4 in the northwest and 11 in the east.

    The total number of confirmed cases now stands at 5,364.



  • The Chief Medical Officer is appealing to people with foreign holidays planned, to cancel them.

    The National Public Health Emergency Team is noticing a "worrying trend" of Covid-19 cases increasing, and new clusters emerging.

    One of the clusters was located in the north west and was linked with travel to Iraq.

    No new deaths were reported yesterday evening, but 24 more cases were confirmed.

    Dr Tony Holohan wants people, who have foreign holidays planned, to reconsider.

  • The Chief Medical Officer has given his strongest indication yet that Covid-19 restrictions won't be lifted, as planned, next Tuesday.

    The National Public Health Emergency Team is due to advise Government tomorrow about whether any measures can be eased.

    However, the Chief Medical Officer gave the strongest hint yet at his daily press briefing last night that he won't be recommending any easing of the measures.

    Dr. Tony Holohan said as things stand, he wouldn't be advising anything be lifted next week.

    It comes as 31 more deaths were reported from Covid-19, with over 20,000 confirmed cases across the country - including 478 cases now in Mayo, 351 in Galway, 148 in Roscommon and 116 in Sligo.


  • The Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health says the country will be re-opened in a cautious and conservative manner, to try prevent further Covid-19 restrictions later this year.

    1,339 people with the virus have died, after a further 23 fatalities were confirmed last night, while the number of cases has risen to just under 22,000.

    This includes 510 confirmed cases now in Co Mayo, 369 in galway, 181 in Roscommon and 120 in Co Sligo.

    Ireland's gradual easing of restrictions between now and August is much slower than in other countries.

    But Dr. Tony Holohan is defending the approach:

  • HIQA is to carry out a risk-assessment to see which nursing homes need more help to deal with Covid-19.

    It's one of the recommendations top health officials have made to deal with clusters of the virus in nursing homes.

    The clusters, to date, have mainly been in nursing homes in the East of the country.

    Yesterday, the coronavirus claimed a further 17 lives - including 3 in the West, 3 in the Northwest, 3 in the south and 8 in the East -  bringing the death toll to 71, while 325 new cases were confirmed.

    There are now 3,235 diagnosed cases in the Republic of Ireland.

    The latest county breakdown refers to figures from last Sunday, and shows 36 confirmed cases in Co Mayo, 19 in Sligo, 10 in Roscommon and 86 in Co Galway.

    Yesterday saw the highest daily death toll yet, but Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan says it's too early to say if the surge in cases has begun:


    The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says he understands people's frustrations with the Covid-19 restrictions, but is urging the public not to undo the good work done up to this point.

    The measures aimed at stopping the spread of the virus are due to expire on May 5th, however it's anticipated they'll be extended with little change.

    An update from government on its plan's expected on Friday following a meeting of the National Public Health Emergency Team.

  • The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says a 'worrying trend' of new clusters of Covid-19 is developing in Ireland.

    No new deaths linked to the virus have been reported to public health doctors today.

    But 24 people have tested positive in the Republic - bringing the total to 24,462.

    The pandemic death toll remains 1,735.


  • One more person has died of Covid-19, bringing the death toll in the Republic of Ireland to 1,736.

    11 additional cases have been confirmed.

    The total number of confirmed cases is now 25,473.

    Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says today marks 6 months since the World Health Organisation first received reports of Covid-19, and since then there have been some 10 million cases and 500,000 deaths reported worldwide.

    He says it's very important that we keep up the national effort to reduce the impact of the disease in this country.