Level 5 restrictions are now in place nationwide in an effort to stop the spread of Covid-19.

It comes as the national 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 is now 291 - while Cavan's is in excess of 1,000.

3 further deaths were confirmed last evening, and 1,167 new cases of the virus.

This includes 71 new cases in Galway, 36 in Mayo, 18 in Sligo, 16 in Roscommon and 5 in Leitrim.

Sligo has the 5th highest incidence rate in the country at 366 per 100,000 people, with Galway also above the national average at 327.

Mayo has the lowest 14-day rate in Connacht at 207 cases per 100,000 people.

The level restrictions will be in place for six weeks - with people not allowed to travel five kilometres from their home apart from essential reasons.

All non-essential retail is closed, along with hairdressers, barbers, beauticians and gyms, while pubs, restaurants and cafes are takeaway only but schools, creches and construction are staying open.

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