Continued caution urged as some restrictions are lifted

The five kilometre travel limit has been lifted, with people free to travel within their county or 20 kilometres from their home.

It's one of the Level 5 restrictions being eased, as well as two households being allowed to meet outside - but not in private gardens.

All students will return to schools for the first time in 2021 also today.

Junior Education Minister Josepha Madigan says getting schools back is what the Government has been working towards................

The Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn says "there's many reasons for hope" as restrictions are eased, and said the remaining measures along with the vaccine are "our way our of the pandemic".

303 new cases of Covid-19 were reported by the Department of Health last night - the lowest daily figure since mid-December, while two more deaths linked to the disease were recorded.

Last night in public hospitals there were 223 people with the virus - down over 10 percent on last week. 11 of them were in Letterkenny University Hospital, with one of those receiving critical care.

Professor Sam McConkey from the RCSI says keeping up the basic measures is now incredibly important.............