Local public health teams need to be reinforced before Covid-19 restrictions can be eased, according to an infectious disease expert.
12 more deaths were announced last night, while another 1,024 cases were detected - 47 of the new cases were in Donegal.
In public hospitals last night there were 1,212 people with Covid-19 receiving treatment, while there are 179 people in ICUs nationally.
65 people with Covid-19 were being treated in LUH - 5 in ICU.
Professor Sam McConkey of the RCSI says every public health team in the country needs an IT upgrade and a serious boost in manpower.