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Our country is facing into a very important week

At we know the importance of today regarding the phase one road map and we wish good luck and good health to all our customers who are opening their doors today to the public, our Medikit team has supported and advised on the best safe solutions for staff and customers.

The HSE has warned that the country is facing into a very important week, as Covid-19 restrictions begin to be eased and Phase One of the Government's road map gets under way. Speaking at the HSE's weekly briefing on its response to the virus, HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid urged people to keep doing what they have been doing to keep the spread of the virus down. The Department of Health yesterday evening (Sunday) said it had been notified of 10 further deaths and 64 new confirmed cases.

It brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths in the Republic of Ireland to 1,543, with a total of 24,112 confirmed cases.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said the first phase of the reopening should be entered with "caution and care", and he said people must continue social distancing.

People should still stay at home except for the limited exemptions, he said.

He urged the public to "use our cop on as we go about things" as Covid-19 restrictions begin to be eased. "If we do this and get the next three weeks right, we could be in a positive place and be able to move further. If we get it wrong, we will find ourselves in a bad place with many more people sick and many more losing their lives. We can't have that." Meanwhile, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said the new behaviours we have all adopted to slow the spread of Covid-9 are now "even more important".

In a tweet posted this morning, Dr Holohan said that handwashing, respiratory hygiene and physical distancing are still key.

"If you have cold or flu like symptoms, even mild ones, isolate at home and call your GP. Do it today, Don't put it off," he said.

Mr Harris has said business owners who were permitted to open as part of Phase One of the easing of restrictions should make sure they were ready to open safely, the restrictions that have been in place since March will be eased slightly as efforts to reopen the country begin. Source, RTE and Breaking news.

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