12:23 Saturday, 06 June 2020
Nursing home residents are to be allowed have visitors for the first time in three months.
From June 15th, where there’s no Covid-19 outbreak, family members will be able to see their relatives if they follow strict new guidelines.
Indoor visits once a week by two people will be allowed, with only one visitor present at any one time, and must be pre-arranged and last less than half an hour.
There have now been 25,163 confirmed cases of the virus, while the death toll stands at 1,670, after a further 7 people died.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, says the restrictions have been especially tough on older people in nursing homes: