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The highest level of coronavirus restrictions will continue in Ireland until April 5 at least, the Taoiseach has confirmed.
Micheal Martin made the announcement in a live address to the nation from Government buildings, outlining the revised Living With Covid plan.
It was signed off by the Cabinet earlier.
Level Five measures are to remain in place until after Easter.
The plan includes the phased reopening of schools and childcare, with some pupils set to return to the classroom on March 1.
Junior and senior infants, as well as first and second class in primary schools, will be among the first back to school.
Leaving Certificate students are also expected to return to the classroom next week.
A further 45 deaths of patients who tested positive for coronavirus in Ireland were announced on Tuesday, along with a further 575 confirmed cases of the virus.
Breaking - 45 Covid-19 deaths and 575 new cases in the Republic of Ireland.— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) February 23, 2021
5 deaths and 225 new cases were confirmed earlier today in Northern Ireland.
Statement from the Republic's National Public Health Emergency Team: pic.twitter.com/4QVZxLqWDF