Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris is appealing to parents and children to skip trick-or-treating this Halloween to prevent further spread of Covid-19.

814 new cases were detected in Republic of Ireland last night, with two more deaths announced by the Department of Health.

Three counties now have a 14-day incidence rate of more than 300, while in hospital, 198 were being treated for the disease last night.

Mr Harris said that Halloween will be different this year and that trick-or-treating is “not a good idea”.

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