Tougher lockdown considered amid spike in Covid cases

 

An unscheduled Cabinet meeting will get under way this afternoon to discuss tougher measures to tackle spiralling Covid 19 case numbers.

1,546 new infections were recorded yesterday the highest since the outbreak began. 85 of the new cases were in Donegal. There were 411 people in hospital 75% more that just over a week ago.

Nphet who have called for stricter measures will also meet this morning while the HSE is due to call a press conference.

Under the current Level 5 restrictions, non essential retail and gyms are still open while visitors from just one other household are permitted

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said there was little doubt tougher restrictions would be considered: