Concerns over the spread of Covid-19 in Dublin and Limerick in particular will be discussed by public health officials today.

The reproduction number in the capital is currently at around 1.4, while for the rest of the country it is closer to 1.

Three more deaths were reported yesterday from Covid-19, while 84 new cases of the virus were confirmed nationally - including new cases in Mayo and Galway.

It's believed the National Public Health Emergency team will today consider a plan for five levels of restrictions, depending on incidence rates in different areas.

This would allow the Government to introduce local lockdowns, based on the level of coronavirus in a county or region over a 2-week period.

The new levels of restrictions will be set out in the Government's Medium Term Plan for Recovery and Resilience, which is due to be published next week.

The Government has taken out an ad in today's national newspapers, highlighting the need to reduce Covid-19 infections.

It shows the number of new cases in each county over the last 14 days, and the rate per 100,000 population.

Dublin tops the list with 913 new cases over a fortnight, while the incidence per 100,000 people is 67.8, and is closely followed by Limerick.

In Connacht, 78 new cases have been confirmed across the 5 counties over the 14 days.

This includes 37 additional cases in Galway, 16 in Leitrim, 12 in Roscommon, 8 in Mayo and 5 in Sligo.

The Government is again urging people to reduce their social contacts, socialise outdoors where possible and avoid crowded areas, wash hands regularly, sneeze or cough into the elbow and wear a face covering in shops and on public transport.

 

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