Coronavirus Ireland: 1,181 new cases announced by health officials as Dr Tony Holohan to face TDs

By David Kent

A total of 1,181 new cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Ireland in the last 24 hours.

309 people are now in hospital suffering from the virus, with 60 of those requiring treatment in the intensive care unit.

On Wednesday, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan and Deputy CMO Dr Ronan Glynn will come before the Oireachtas Health Committee.

Chair of NPHET's modelling group, Professor Philip Nolan and Professor Karina Butler, chair of the State’s vaccine body, NIAC, will also face questioning from TDs.

NPHET is expected to give an update on Covid-19 to the Health Committee, which consists of a mix of TDs in the Dail from different political parties.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer. (Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin)

Dr Holohan's contribution will be deemed significant as it will indicate as the Government prepares to press ahead with the relaxation of all restrictions on October 22.

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar will also take questions from TDs in the House late on Wednesday night on his brief - Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

It’s expected to be a late night back for TDs as Sinn Fein will table a motion of no confidence in Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney over the controversy surrounding the planned appointment of Katherine Zappone as a Special Envoy.

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