Plans on when to reopen the country to be considered



The Cabinet sub-committee on Covid-19 will consider plans to reopen the country after the latest lockdown today.

Schools are expected to return on a phased basis from March 1st, while Level 5 restrictions are expected to be extended beyond March 5th.

679 new cases of Covid-19 have been detected here, while one more death was announced last night.

26 new cases were reported in Donegal with the county's incidence rate now at 150.8.

The national 14-day incidence rate of the disease is 243, which is the lowest it's been since December 21st.

DCU Professor Anthony Staines says the discovery of the Brazilian variant here shows the need for mandatory quarantine hotels: