Lockdown to continue in Republic until April at least - as 45 deaths are announced

Micheal Martin.

Q Radio News/PA

The highest level of coronavirus restrictions will continue in Ireland until April 5 at least, the Taoiseach has confirmed.

Micheal Martin made the announcement in a live address to the nation from Government buildings, outlining the revised Living With Covid plan.

It was signed off by the Cabinet earlier.

Level Five measures are to remain in place until after Easter.

The plan includes the phased reopening of schools and childcare, with some pupils set to return to the classroom on March 1.

Junior and senior infants, as well as first and second class in primary schools, will be among the first back to school.

Leaving Certificate students are also expected to return to the classroom next week.

A further 45 deaths of patients who tested positive for coronavirus in Ireland were announced on Tuesday, along with a further 575 confirmed cases of the virus.



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