TWO more people have died in Ireland through COVID-19.
A total of six people have now died in Ireland after contracting the virus. The latest two deaths are both males from the east of the country.
The Department of Health has confirmed 219 new confirmed cases in the country, bringing the total to 1,125.
Of those, 239 have been hospitalised at some stage with 25 having been admitted to intensive care. 55 per cent of the cases are males with a median age of 44.
A further 20 new cases were confirmed today in Northern Ireland with 1,273 cases now confirmed on the island of Ireland.
The total number of global cases has now surpassed 350,000, with more than 15,000 fatalities already.
Yesterday, there were 121 new cases meaning today’s figures represent a sharp rise.
Independent TD Thomas Pringle has slammed airlines for capitalising with extortionate prices during the coronavirus crisis.
A group of four from Donegal were quoted 11,000 Australian Dollars each for a flight to Dublin after their original flights were cancelled by an airline.
“We have no home, no jobs and no money,” one of the group told Donegal Daily.
Deputy Pringle said: “It is ridiculous what the airlines are doing. They are capitalising on this crisis. The airlines aren’t offering any information and people can’t get in contact with them by telephone. Twitter seems to be the only means of making any sort of contact with them.”
The decision comes as the bank records a reduction in footfall in certain branches and an increased demand in customers requiring support via contact centres.
The Donegal branches that will close are: Bunbeg, Bundoran, Falcarragh, Glenties and Moville.
Branches in Buncrana, Ballybofey, Ballyshannon, Carndonagh, Dungloe, Donegal Town, Killybegs and Letterkenny will all remain open.