The number of people being treated in hospital for Covid-19 has dropped by more than a quarter since the end of last month.

254 people are receiving treatment - down from 354 two and a half weeks ago - while 35 people are in ICUs.

The head of the HSE, Paul Reid, says the numbers are really encouraging.

There are 482 new cases of Covid-19 and 7 more people have died.

There are 15 new cases in both Mayo & Galway.

Elsewhere, there are six new cases in Roscommon, five in Sligo and less than five in Leitrim.