Spread of Covid-19 must be contained over Christmas

The Chief Medical Officer says there’s “nothing inevitable” about a third wave of Covid-19 after Christmas.


New guidelines on how people can socialise over the festive season, while keeping the virus at low levels, are being drawn up by National Public Health Emergency Team.


270 new cases were reported yesterday and one additional death.


The numbers in Sligo and Leitrim were both registered as less than 5, while 20 additional cases were recorded in Donegal.



The current Level 5 measures are due to expire on December 1st, with fears over another spike in cases when restrictions are relaxed.


Dr Tony Holohan says the lower the cases are in the run-up to Christmas, the better:


The Stormont Executive has failed to reach agreement on a potential extension of Covid-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland.


Talks are to resume discussions this morning after they ended last night without a breakthrough.


A four-week circuit-break lockdown that’s forced the closure of much of the hospitality sector is due to end at midnight on Thursday.