The National Public Health Emergency Team is meeting today to discuss what's described as the "concerning rise" in Covid-19 cases across the country.

Public health officials warned last night that Covid-19 cases could exceed 1,000 a day in a matter of weeks, as we are now in a period of exponential growth.

5 further deaths were recorded yesterday, with 611 new cases of the virus - of which 35 were in Galway.

All Connacht counties have seen a rise in their 14-day incidence rates over the past 24 hours.

Roscommon's rate has risen from 153 to 170 cases per 100,000 people - the 4th highest in the country.

Galway's 14-day rate is now almost 97 - up from 92.

The rate is considerably lower in Mayo at 39 per 100,000 - but that's up from 35 in one day.

Sligo's rate has increased to 90, and Leitrim's to 34 - up from 28.


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