The country's 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 has gone below 200 for the first time since Christmas, while the number of people with the disease in hospital continues to fall.

472 patients were on public wards last night, while 110 of those patients are in ICU.

Last night, 25 additional deaths were reported from the virus - 5 of which occurred this week and the others on earlier dates.

566 new cases were recorded by the Department of Health - including 17 in Galway and 8 in Mayo, while there were less than 5 new cases in each of counties Roscommon, Sligo and Leitrim.

The Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn says key disease indicators continue on a positive trajectory, through the hard work and sacrifice of the vast majority of people.

However, we're still seeing outbreaks in the community, including those linked to extended families, workplaces and funerals, and says we need to keep up our guard against the UK variant of the disease, which is dominant in Ireland at present and highly transmissible.