COVID-19: Ireland's lockdown extended until 5 March, Prime Minister Micheal Martin says

Ireland's coronavirus lockdown has been extended by several weeks until 5 March, Prime Minister Micheal Martin has said.

The Taoiseach said restrictions were lowering COVID-19 case numbers, adding: "We cannot give the virus or its variants any space."

Mr Martin said the current level five restrictions would last until at least 5 March, "with a view to crushing the numbers of those contracting the disease".

He added that "in turn", he hoped the number of people needing hospital treatment and intensive care would also decline.