A new campaign launches today urging students to monitor their interactions.
Students are being urged to keep the number of people they meet up with small when they return to college.
It's the start of the new semester for many colleges and ITs today, and a new campaign's been launched with the message of Keep it Small, Keep it Safe, Keep your Distance.
The Acting Chief Medical Officer says the virus is spreading disproportionately among young people and is asking them to continue following public health advice.
Lorna Fitzpatrick, President of the Union of Students in Ireland and former President of IT Carlow, says that doesn't mean all socialising is off the cards: