CMO still worried about number of Covid cases

The Chief Medical Officer says it’s hoped schools can reopen as soon as possible – but has warned the levels of Covid-19 are nowhere near where they need to be.


A further 51 deaths linked to the virus were confirmed last night with 2,608 new cases.


135 new cases were confirmed in Donegal yesterday, 24 in Sligo and less than 5 in Sligo


NPHET estimates the reproduction number of the disease is now between 0.5 and 0.8 – saying “substantial progress” has been made in the last few weeks.


However Dr Tony Holohan says transmission levels need to be reduced further to allow a full re-opening of schools: