Decision to be taken this week on easing measures

Public health experts will decide this week how the pandemic containment measures can be eased.

Health minister Simon Harris hopes a plan will be announced around May 5th.

Yesterday the Department of Health announced 26 more covid-19 patients had died and 701 more people had tested positive.

Locally there are now 446 cases of Covid-19 in Donegal, 104 in Sligo and 64 in Leitrim.

19,262 people have contracted the coronavirus in the Republic and 1,087 have died.

Minister Harris says we can’t expect a major let-up in the restrictions early next month.