There has been a further 93 Covid-19 deaths confirmed this evening- the highest daily figure since the start of the pandemic.

It beats the previous record of 77 deaths recorded on April 20th last year.

Of the 93 deaths reported today, 89 occurred this month and 3 in December.

An additional 2,001 new cases of the virus have also been confirmed.

This includes 73 cases in Galway, 62 in Mayo, 18 in Roscommon, 13 in Sligo and less than 5 in Leitrim.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says we cannot afford to drop our guard against the very high levels of infection that remain in the community at present.