The chief medical officer says speeding up the lifting of coronavirus restrictions in some counties hasn't been ruled out.

But he's insisted there's no reason to have different approaches in parts of the country at the moment.

The latest figures show a further nine deaths from Covid 19 in the Republic and 46 new confirmed cases.

Over a quarter of these new confirmed cases occurred across Connaught counties.

County Galway saw an increase of nine new cases, while there was one new case in each of the three counties - Mayo, Roscommon and Leitrim.

The death toll from Covid 19 now stands at 1,639 and a total of 24,841 people have so far tested positive.

Mayo now has 569 confirmed cases of the virus, Galway has 473, there are 320 in Roscommon, 129in Sligo and Leitrim has 83.

Dr Tony Holohan says lifting restrictions in some counties, but not others, would be a challenge.

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