Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has said he is still not in a position to recommend easing restrictions due to Covid-19.

The National Public Health Emergency Team is to make recommendations to Government following a meeting tomorrow.

Last night, it was revealed that a further 31 deaths due to Covid-19 had been reported, bringing the total number of people who have died to 1,190 and a second person under the age of 24 has died.

The total number of cases has exceeded 20,000 with 376 additional cases reported yesterday.

Dr Holohan said that the country is making great progress in slowing the growth rate of the disease but that with more than 100 people in intensive care units and hundreds of others in hospital with Covid-19, he was not in a position to recommend easing restrictions.


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He said further advice will be given to Government tomorrow but that as of now he does not anticipate that his advice will change.

Details were also given of deaths in nursing homes with over 3,200 deaths overall in nursing homes between January and April of this year and of those Covid-19 accounted for 586, while 16 people in residential facilities for people with disabilities lost their lives due to the disease.

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said the Taoiseach confirmed in a remote meeting yesterday that there would not be any big changes to restrictions next week.

Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Sean O'Rourke, Ms McDonald said she told Leo Varadkar that in the future, there should be no "red letter day" for the public to work towards, describing this as very unfair.

She said Mr Varadkar did not give the precise sequencing or details for easing of measures but that there will be a clear, phased roadmap, which will not have any associated dates

She said that people are anxious to get back to work, see their families and have their children return to school. 

Ms McDonald urged people to continue to comply with the measures but said in return there has to be a level of clarity and purpose and that the system must trust the Irish people. 

She added that going forward there must be extensive comprehensive testing and efficient tracing and that for the purposes of public health we must act like a single population living on a small island.