Decision to be made this week on furthering Covid-19 restrictions in Louth, Cork, Wicklow & Galway

A decision will be made this week on whether to increase Covid-19 restrictions in Louth, Cork, Wicklow and Galway amid a rising number of cases in the four counties.

The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet on Thursday, with officials set to discuss the situation facing the counties and whether some or all of them should move from Level 2 to Level 3.

Dublin and Donegal are the only two counties in Ireland currently facing Level 3 restrictions. However, with the rise in cases among the noted four counties over the past week, further restrictions may be implemented.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said that the four counties were being watched closely by the government but said that there were currently no plans to bring NPHET’s next scheduled meeting forward from Thursday.