Time to rethink Christmas plans

The Chief Medical Officer says the current trajectory of Covid-19 here is of “grave concern”, as people are being urged to rethink their Christmas plans to protect elderly and vulnerable loved ones.

The country will move to Level 5 restrictions tomorrow in an attempt to stop the spread of the disease.

Hotels, Gastropubs, hairdressers and beauticians will have to close, while restrictions on household visits and inter-county travel will be phased in from St. Stephen’s Day.

970 new cases were recorded yesterday – the highest in almost two months.

There were 50 new cases confirmed in Donegal. Elsewhere locally there were less than 5 cases reported in Sligo and none in Leitrim.

Professor at Queens University Belfast, Ultan Power, says people travelling from abroad should not be coming home for the festive season: