Top civil servant warns Covid 19 could be at crisis stage for years

The head of the Department of Health is expected to warn the Covid 19 crisis could be here for some years.

Jim Breslin is among the country’s senior health officials appearing before a new coronavirus Oireachtas Committee this morning.

The rate of infection from coronaviurs continues to drop with less than 100 confirmed cases for the third day in a row.

88 cases of the virus were confirmed last night with four more people losign their lives to the virus.

It means the death toll now stands at 1,547.

There’s also now a total of 24,200 confirmed cases.

Meanwhile, in the north, six more deaths have been recorded, bringing the death toll there to 482. people have so far lost their lives, while there have been 24,200 confirmed cases.

Locally, Leitrim’s figures are unchanged at 79, and Longford’s has risen by two to 279.

In Roscommon, a total of 304 cases have been confirmed – a rise of three since Sunday.

The chairman of the Dáil Committee, Michael McNamara, says people also need answers about testing and contact tracing.