Number of Covid patients at LUH drops further

The number of people with Covid-19 being treated at Letterkenny University Hospital has dropped further.

As of last night there were 83 patients with the virus on site, a fall of 14 on the previous figure of 97.

Meanwhile, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar told his Fine Gael parliamentary party colleagues last night that Ireland could return to a version of level 4 restrictions after March 5th.

It would allow people to travel within their own county, and permits outdoor dining.

NPHET will meet this morning to consider the current situation, with 54 Covid-related deaths and 1,335 new cases reported yesterday - 48 of the new cases were in Donegal.

ICU consultant Alan Gaffney is vice-president of the Intensive Care Society, he says the situation is improving on a national basis too: