There were two additional confirmed cases of Covid 19 in county Sligo over the past 24 hours. While the number of cases oif the virus nationally rose by a further 69 yesterday, there were no additional incidents of the virus in the other 4 counties of Connaught.

5 more people with the virus in the Republic have died.

Those living in Kildare, Laois, and Offaly could face local Covid-19 restrictions being introduced later, while over 70s and the medically vulnerable are being advised not to use public transport there.

The National Public Health Emergency Team is to give residents in the three counties further instructions today, due to deep concerns over the rise in cases of the virus.

226 cases, mainly in meat plants, have been confirmed in the three counties over the past two weeks, while 80 workers at one food plant in Timahoe, Co. Kildare have tested positive.

At least 60 new cases will be confirmed in Kildare, Offaly and Laois this evening, with over-70s there being warned to immediately limit the numbers they are in contact with.

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ronan Glynn says clusters in meat plants in the midlands is particularly concerning.

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