People urged not to flout restrictions this St. patrick’s Day

An infectious diseases expert says any flouting of restrictions today could undo a lot of our hard work.

It comes as a further 349 new cases of Covid-19 were reported nationally yesterday, along with 18 deaths.

19 new cases were recorded in Donegal, and less than 5 in both Sligo and Leitrim.

349 people are also being treated in hospital for the virus – up 13 in the past 24 hours; 5 of these are in Sligo and a further 5 in Letterkenny University Hospital.

As of 6.30pm yesterday evening, there was 1 ICU bed available in both hospitals.

The number of people in ICU around the country remains unchanged over the same period, at 85.

Professor Sam McConkey, from the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, is warning against meeting up with people you don’t live with this St. Patrick’s Day: