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Workers who are diagnosed with COVID-19

Published: 10 March 2020
From: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

If you are employee or a self-employed person and have been told by a doctor to self-isolate or if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you apply for the enhanced Illness Benefit payment.

This payment will only be paid where people remain confined to their home or a medical facility while in receipt of this enhanced Illness Benefit.

The personal rate of this payment has been increased to €350 as compared with the normal personal rate of €203.

If you have dependent children:

  • you can receive €36 (full-rate) or €18 (half-rate) for children under the age of 12
  • you can receive €40 (full-rate) or €20 (half-rate) for children between 13 and 18.

Illness Benefit applications can be made via post. Forms are available at Intreo Centres and at GP surgeries or can be ordered by telephone from the department at 1890 800 024.

An online application is being developed and should be available by the end of March.

As per the HSE advice, people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should not attend their GP surgery or their Intreo centre in person and should instead contact their GP by phone.