The Taoiseach says Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions will continue into February.

Micheal Martin told his parliamentary party last night the case numbers remain too high.

It comes as a further 61 deaths and 2,488 new case have been reported.

95 of the cases are in Waterford, 76 in Tipperary, 50 in Carlow, 31 in Kilkenny and there are 23 new cases in Wexford.

NPHET will meet later to consider the current situation, and Cabinet will make a final decision on restrictions on Tuesday.

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