The Minister for Health Simon Harris has said "more restrictions", including the potential widespread closure of schools, may be needed if Ireland is to successfully overcome the coronavirus outbreak.

Speaking on national media, Minister Harris said any new restrictions need to be "introduced at the right time" to ensure they have the best effect, and he warned that we are going to see a lot more cases here.

His comments came after the biggest daily jump in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country, with the confirmation of ten new cases yesterday - including a male and a female in the west of Ireland, both associated with close contact with a confirmed case.

The minister defended the Government's decision not to ban travel to this country from affected areas, or close schools to date, but said there may be a time when schools are closed, but in the meantime, people should take the necessary precautions to look after themselves, their familes and their communities . 

The Department of Education says it's continuing to review the situation with public health officials on a daily basis - due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

Meanwhile, Nursing Homes Ireland says it believes visitor restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID 19 are responsible.

It's after the Department of Health said the measures were not necessary at this moment in time.

Some nursing homes have limited the times and number of visitors residents can have, and have put bans on children coming to visit.

Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan says there's no need for the restrictions. 

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