The Chief Medical Officer says it's time for people to be hopeful and to start planning for the summer.

Dr Tony Holohan says he wants next week to be a 'significant turning point' in the pandemic, as restrictions ease.

It comes as 393 new cases and eight additional deaths were reported yesterday.

There were no new cases in Mayo or Sligo, less than 5 new cases of the virus in Leitrim, and 9 new cases in both counties Roscommon and Galway.

123 Covid patients were in public hospitals last night, with 36 in intensive care - the lowest this year.

Dr Gerald Barry, an assistant professor of virology in UCD, says people should be optimistic for the summer ahead.