Every county in the Republic of Ireland will be moved to Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions from Wednesday midnight.
The move to Level 5 restrictions was announced by Taoiseach Micheál Martin.
It comes on the back of a spike of new Covid-19 cases across the country in recent weeks and recommendations made by the National Public Health Emergency Team.
The aim of the six weeks of Level 5 restrictions is to bring the daily number of Covid-19 cases below 100 according to Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan. It will also pave the way for Ireland to return to lower restrictions for the Christmas period.
There was a further 1,031 confirmed Covid-19 cases yesterday in Ireland and no further deaths.