Martin says current Level 5 Covid 19 restrictions are to be extended

The Taoiseach says Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions will continue into February.

Micheál Martin told his parliamentary party last night the case numbers remain too high.

It comes as a further 61 deaths and 2,488 new case have been reported – 76 of those cases were in Tipperary.

Latest figures show there are 1,923 people with the disease in hospital, including 210 in ICU.

NPHET will meet later to consider the current situation, and Cabinet will make a final decision on restrictions on Tuesday.