40 newly confirmed cases on Sunday Evening


40 new cases of covid-19 have been confirmed in the Republic in the last 24 hours.

23 of the new coronavirus patients were male and 17 female.

25 are associated with the east of the country, nine in the west, six in the south.

Another 45 cases have been confirmed in Northern Ireland.

There are now 169 cases of covid-19 south of the border.

Pubs and bars asked to shut

All pubs in the country are being asked to shut their doors for the next two weeks.

The government says it’s after reports of “reckless” behaviour by the public at licenced premises last night.

The Licenced Vintners’ Association and the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland are backing the government’s call.

We’re also being strongly advised not to throw house parties in the weeks ahead.

Health Minister Simon Harris made the announcement after a meeting with health officials and pub trade groups.


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Health Minister Simon Harris has made the announcement this evening asking every pub to close from midnight tonight until March 29th.

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