Seven new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded locally.
The number of coronavirus cases in Kilkenny has risen to 298, according to the latest county breakdown of Covid-19 figures.
The latest breakdown of Covid-19 cases comes as hundreds of stores reopen and tens of thousands of workers return to their jobs this morning.
Yesterday, ten more deaths were recorded nationwide, with just 64 new cases. However, there is widespread nervousness among health officials that the spread of the coronavirus could increase again.
Garden centers, DIY stores and golf courses will once again be open to businesses and construction workers are returning to construction sites as part of the first major easing of restrictions since the start of the coronavirus crisis.
Four people from different households are now allowed to meet outdoors for the first time in months, but they will have to maintain a physical distance of two meters and stay within 3 miles of their homes.
Health Minister Simon Harris warned, “We are not out of the danger zone. “
Mr Harris urged people to pursue practices such as social distancing and advised staying home with limited exceptions such as exercising and going to stores for the items they need.
He warned that if the country got it wrong over the next few weeks, “we would find ourselves in real trouble.”
Some 20,000 people are expected to return to work in garden centers, hardware stores and other retailers such as telephone stores and opticians.
Around 150,000 construction workers will also return to the sites in the coming weeks.
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