The Taoiseach has come under pressure from members of his own party to move the country to Level 2 Covid-19 restrictions for Christmas.

Yesterday, Micheal Martin said the aim was Level 3 from the 1st of December to allow businesses to re-open.

However, at a meeting of the Fianna Fail parliamentary party last night, there was a 'general consensus' to go further and allow domestic travel and more visitors to homes.

The National Public Health Emergency Team meets later today to discuss the current progress with Level 5.

2 additional death were reported last night, along with 362 new cases of the virus.

This includes 9 new cases in Mayo, 11 in Galway, 5 in Sligo and less than 5 in both Roscommon and Leitrim.

Roscommon, Sligo and Mayo all have 14-day incidence rates above the national average.

Nationally, the rate is at 145 per 100,000 people - Mayo's 14-day rate is at 151, Roscommon is now 168 and Sligo is at 154 per 100,000 population.

Leitrim continues to have the lowest rate, with Galway the 5th lowest.

282 people were in Irish hospitals with the virus last night, while there were 39 patients in intensive care units.

There are currently 13 patients with confirmed coronavirus being treated at Sligo University Hospital, 4 at UHG and 2 at Mayo University Hospital.


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