Private home gatherings may be restricted again in a bid to slow down the spread of Covid-19.
The Irish Independent reports that health experts are recommending that small social gatherings should be reduced to six people – from no more than three households. Outdoor home gatherings should be reduced to 15 people.
Older and vulnerable people may be asked to restrict their movements again.
The National Public Health Emergency Team met yesterday to examine the rise in Covid-19 cases, transmission and the numbers in need of hospital treatment.
A surge in demand for Covid-19 tests has also led to a slowdown in the State’s test and trace system. The turnaround time has gone from three days at the start of the month to four.
Cabinet Ministers will meet to discuss the expert recommendations today. The advice comes amid rising concern over house parties and an increase in Covid-19 cases. The Department of Health confirmed 266 new cases over the weekend and a further 56 on Monday.