Public health officials say Christmas can be saved if the right measures are taken.

The National Public Health Emergency Team meets again today and is  warning that cases of Covid-19 could exceed 1,000 a day in a matter of weeks and says we are now in a period of exponential growth.

5 deaths were recorded yesterday, with 611 new cases of the virus - of which over 200 were in Dublin and 35 in Galway.

The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said all key indicators of the disease have deteriorated further since Sunday - he said Covid-19 is spreading in our community in a very worrying manner and we have to break the chains of transmission.

 

Latest county by county figures show Galway is now at 866 - a rise of 70 cases over 5 days.

Mayo is on 675 confirmed cases - up 21 in 5 days.

Roscommon's total has now hit 500 cases, with 218 in Sligo and 122 in Leitrim.

There are currently 156 people in hospitals across the country with the virus - with 27 patients in ICU.

There are currently no confirmed cases at Mayo University Hospital, while the Castlebar hospital is treating 4 patients with suspected Covid-19 at present.

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