The Tánaiste has said he supports reducing the time period some close contacts are required to isolate.

Updated advice is expected from the Chief Medical Officer today for Cabinet to consider tomorrow.

The guidance may include a reduced isolation period for asymptomatic close contacts while there is extreme pressure on the healthcare system and other parts of society.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says it's an idea he supports.

Meanwhile, hospital services remain under pressure due to Covid-related staff absences, with some 1400 frontline staff absent at present across the Saolta hospital group in the West & Northwest region.

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