There's growing concern about the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in 8 counties nationally.

Last Friday, Dublin entered into Level 3 restrictions as set out in the government's roadmap for living with the virus.

However the rising number of individual cases elsewhere has led to warnings that the virus isn't just spreading in Dublin.

The Government says Leitrim, Louth, Waterford, Limerick, Kildare, Donegal and Offaly are all showing concerning trends.

Co Leitrim has been described as " at a critical juncture", as the county has recorded 22 new cases of the virus in the past two weeks.

The incidence of the virus per 100,000 population is 68.7 - compared to 10 in Sligo and 35 cases per 100,000 people in Mayo.

Over the 14 days up to last Friday night - which is the latest county breakdown available - there were 70 additional cases of Covid 19 in Co Galwy, 35 in Mayo, 7 in Sligo, 21 in Roscommon and 22 in Leitrim.

In a joint statement issued by Leitrim County Council, the HSE and Gardai, people are urged to act as though they have the virus, to protect their families, friends and colleagues.

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