Almost 300,000 people will receive the PUP this week


Almost 300,000 people in Ireland will receive the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) this week.


The new numbers reported by RTE News mean there has been an increase of more than 50,000 people claiming the PUP in the last seven days.


The latest figures from the Department of Social Protection show that 295,860 people will claim the PUP this week.


This number is up 51,707 from the week prior, a rise of 21.17%.


This week's payments will cost 85.6m, up over 20m from last week's figure.


The sector with the highest number of people claiming the PUP is Accommodation and Food Services as 90,051 people sign on to the scheme.


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43,432 people working in Wholesale and Retail Trade will also receive the payment as well as 25,656 working in Administrative and Support Services Activities.


Almost 75,000 are under-25s and are now dependent on PUP, with almost 14,000 signing on for the payment in the last seven days.


Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys said the figures reflected the economic impact of moving to Level 5 restrictions.


"I know this has been a really difficult few days, particularly for those who have temporarily lost their jobs or whose businesses have had to close.


"I know that people are worried about the next few weeks. They are worried about their families, their friends, and their jobs."


Meanwhile, this evening, health officials confirmed that another 5 people have passed away from COVID-19.


720 newly confirmed cases were also reported this evening, while there are currently 38 people in the ICU.