We're being asked to rethink our plans this weekend -- and socialise with a closer circle of friends.

The Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn made the call after 159 more cases of Covid-19 were discovered across Ireland.

Two more people infected with the virus were reported dead.

75 of yesterday's positive tests were in Dublin -- with 10 in Louth, six each in Cork, Donegal and Meath, and five each and Laois and Wexford.

The remaining 46 are spread across 17 different counties, including Mayo, Galway, Roscommon and Leitrim.

Professor Sam McConkey at the Royal College of Surgeons says there are still ways to make connections with the people we love -- and it doesn't have to be through a laptop.

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