LIVE: Latest as NPHET give update on Level 5 with 4 further deaths & 429 cases

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The latest update on the coronavirus situation in Ireland is set to be given by health chiefs this evening.

A press briefing is taking place in the Department of Health, with NPHET set to release the newest case figures and discuss the progress of Level 5.

We’ll have the latest updates from the briefing this evening in our live blog below.

Meanwhile, Professor Sam McConkey, an infectious disease specialist from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, warned this morning that Level Three offers the best chance for Ireland to “keep things somehow level” when it comes to the spread of COVID-19.

He made the comments as it emerged the Government plans to give an update by the end of next week on what will happen across Ireland when Level 5 ends on December 1.

Professor McConkey warned: “If we go down to Level Two, that hasn’t controlled things in the past.

“If we can do the same sort of Level Three as we’ve done in Ireland in the past, then that is a temporary way of keeping things level.”

Gardai have revealed that they have found 29 retail premises and eight licensed premises who have broken Covid restrictions since new lockdown measures were introduced at the start of Level 5.

Officers said that since last inspections on October 31, there have been an additional:

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Source: Dublin News