Ireland will have Covid-19 cases on a 'constant' basis for at least another two years, according to an expert from the World Health Organisation.
The warning comes as the current situation here continues to improve.
172 Covid patients were in public hospitals last night - the lowest since October 8th - with 48 of these patients in intensive care.
390 new cases and 11 deaths were also reported yesterday, with 4 of the deaths occurring this month.
Of the 390 new cases reported - there were 10 in both Mayo and Galway, less than 5 in both Roscommon and Sligo and no new cases in Leitrim.
The 14 day incidence rate per 100 thousand of the population is now 113 per 100,000 people.
All Connacht counties have rates lower than the national average.
Sligo now has the second-lowest rate in the country, after Kilkenny.
However, Dr David Nabarro, a special envoy on Covid for the World Health Organisation, says the virus will be with us until at least 2024.....