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Coronavirus: Two more deaths and 14 new cases as re-opening of pubs to be delayed until August 10

The Government are set to announce a postponement to plans to re-open pubs until August 10 over concerns about the increase in new Coronavirus cases.

Pubs and nightclubs were due to reopen this coming Monday but the Irish Independent is reporting that Cabinet has decided to push back the date over fears about the rise in new cases.

A total of 32 new cases were announced on Tuesday, the highest figure in over a month.

Today there has been 14 new cases announced and two further deaths.

Central to the Government’s concerns are the rise in infections among younger people who are more likely to go to pubs or attend mass gatherings.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) yesterday warned the government against moving into the fourth stage of the roadmap for reopening the country.

Instead, public health officials said restrictions due to be eased on Monday should be delayed until August 10, which as originally suppose to be the fifth phase of the roadmap.

The Cabinet is also expected to recommend that face coverings become mandatory in inside settings.

They will also say foreign travel should be discouraged.

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