Chief Medical Officer says it’s time for people to be hopeful

The Chief Medical Officer says it's time for people to be hopeful and to start planning for the summer.

Dr Tony Holohan says he wants next week to be a 'significant turning point' in the pandemic, as restrictions ease.

It comes as 393 new cases of Covid-19 and eight deaths were reported yesterday, 26 of the cases were confirmed in Donegal.

123 patients were in public hospitals with the virus last night, with 36 in intensive care - the lowest this year.

There are 7 infectious cases at Letterkenny University Hospital, up 1 on yesterday's figure with 1 person in ICU.

Dr Gerald Barry, an assistant professor of virology in UCD, says people should be optimistic for the summer ahead: