The death toll from Covid-19 in the Republic is 158, as 21 further deaths have been confirmed.
390 new cases were detected yesterday, bringing the total number of positive tests to 4,994, 81 cases have now been confirmed in Donegal.
As of Friday at midnight, 165 people were admitted to intensive care units, while 1,163 cases are associated with healthcare workers.
Yesterday, seven more covid-19 patients were confirmed in the North, bringing the death toll there to 63, and the cumulative death toll on the island to 221.
Health Minister Simon Harris says barriers to entry for nurses are being removed to ensure more staff can be recruited..............