EMERGENCY Covid-19 benefits are expected to arrive in more than 280,000 bank accounts this morning.
Hundreds of thousands of people have claimed payment for pandemic Covid-19 unemployment because of the virus causing them to lose their jobs.
The weekly payment of 350 € was set up at the beginning of the month to give people an income during the crisis.
Five women and three men died yesterday from Covid-19 in Ireland, bringing the death toll in Ireland to 54.
The Ministry of Health also announced 295 new illnesses this evening.
Six people died in the east, one in the south and one in the west of the country.
The median age for deaths reported today is 86.
Six of the patients have been reported to have underlying health conditions.
There are now 2,910 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
The HSE is now endeavoring to identify the contacts that patients could have had to provide them with information and advice in order to avoid further spread.
Meanwhile, more than 500 people could be ICU daily during coronavirus, HSE projections have shown.
According to RTE News, projections of the health service’s “worst case scenario” show that 546 people may need intensive care around mid-April.
Patients in need of acute care in Irish hospitals could peak at 1,328 on April 11, according to a projection.