Covid-19 latest: 345 new cases confirmed, as Minister says restrictions may be needed into the winter

There's no information available on deaths or county by county case numbers as a result of the HSE cyber attack.

There has been a further 345 cases of Covid-19 confirmed.

As usual since the HSE ransomware attack there’s no information available on deaths of county by county case numbers.

127 Covid patients are being treated in hospital with 44 of those in ICU.

Meanwhile, some level of public health restrictions may be needed into the winter, according to Minister Stephen Donnelly.

The Seanad has been debating an extension of the government’s emergency powers until the 9th of November.

At the same time Ministers will look to announce an unwinding of restrictions on hospitality, live events and travel on Friday.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says the public health advice is that the government still needs the power to re-introduce restrictions for a few more months.