The National Public Health Emergency team has warned the government against any significant easing of Covid restrictions over the next few weeks.
Public health officials gave a sobering presentation to a group of senior cabinet Ministers last night, warning of a fourth wave.
The measures planned for easing in April are still on the table as the cabinet meets this afternoon.
They include lifting the 5km travel limit, allowing some construction to return, some outdoor meet-ups and underage sport.
4,011 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the past seven days - a 5 per cent increase on the previous week.
It's after 539 new cases and one death were reported yesterday.
313 Covid patients were in public hospitals last night with 70 people in intensive care.