There has been a fourfold increase in the numbers hospitalised nationally with Covid-19  in the past month, while the numbers in ICU has more than doubled.

The head of the HSE, Paul Reid, says the figures showing 90 people now in hospital and 19 in ICU is a "very concerning trend".

Another 188 cases of Covid-19 were reported yesterday, including 25 in Cork, 21 in Donegal and 16 in Kildare.

There 13 confirmed cases in county Galway yesterday and seven in county Roscommon

There were no new cases in county Mayo yesterday. 2 additional covid cases confirmed in county Leitrim bringing the total number of cases there to 113.

According to a new Department of Health survey, 52 per cent of the population   favour of more restrictions being introduced.

The concerns of health officials are not just focused on the capital. There are worrying trends now being monitored in Louth, Offaly, Kildare, Wicklow, Waterford, Limerick, Leitrim and Donegal.



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