Covid-19 numbers remain static in North West

The Chief Medical Officer will brief Cabinet Ministers this afternoon about how Ireland is doing in the fight against Covid-19.


There has been no change in the number of cases recorded in Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim over the past twenty four hours.  The combined number of cases is 689 with all three Counties registering the same figures as yesterday.  Donegal 478, Sligo 129 and Leitrim 82.


The two metre social distancing rule and restrictions are expected to dominate the agenda at today’s briefing.


Nationally the number of new coronavirus cases have been declining with 37 reported yesterday while on Monday no new deaths were reported for the first time in weeks – but they rose again to 9 yesterday.

While caution is still advised, the declining numbers have led to questions about whether some restrictions could be eased sooner with many businesses like hairdressers eager to reopen.

The two metre social distancing rule is another topic up for discussion and if this could be reduced to one in line with guidance from the World Health Organisation – restaurants and cafes among those who would greatly benefit from this.

Cabinet Ministers will question Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan on these issues when he briefs them this afternoon .