Seven further deaths were reported from Covid-19 last evening, and 418 new cases of the virus.

This includes 10 new cases in Galway, while figures were low elsewhere across the region - less than 5 new cases were reported in Mayo, Roscommon and Leitrim, and no new cases in Sligo.

The number of Covid-19 patients in public hospitals is at the lowest level in over seven months.

It dropped to 122 last night - the lowest since October 2nd - with 37 Covid patients  in intensive care yesterday, the lowest figure this year so far.

At last night's NPHET briefing, the Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said that, as we look forward to the greater reopening of activities and services, the key objective is to maintain our course in coming weeks, and follow the public health advice in our daily activities.

He said when planning to meet someone, remember that outdoors is safer, and stay at a 2 metre distance, keep to a small group and avoid crowded areas.

Dr Holohan says we have seen outbreaks and clusters of the disease as a result of social events such as funerals, wakes and birthday parties, and he's urging people to avoid congregating in large groups.