A leading health expert claims it will be impossible to significantly reduce the number of Covid-19 cases without a lockdown.

It's after 357 cases were confirmed in the Republic yesterday, along with three more deaths.

It was the biggest daily increase in cases since May, with 208 recorded on Monday.

There are five new cases in both Mayo and Roscommon, while there are also new cases in Galway, Sligo & Leitrim. 

There have nine new cases of Covid-19 in Mayo since Sunday with the figure in the county since the outbreak began standing at 611. It is the biggest two-day spike in cases in Mayo since last May.

Eoghan de Barra, a consultant in infectious diseases in Beaumont Hospital, is calling on the public to be vigilant.

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