There has been a jump in the number of patients with confirmed cases  of Covid 19 today at Mayo University Hospital.

The number of patients has risen from 9 to 19 over the past 48 hours.

409 people are in hospital nationally  with the virus today, the highest in over seven months.

It's 49 more than yesterday, after 36 patients were admitted in the space of 24 hours.

The peak during the second wave, in October, was 354, and NPHET says hospitalisations are increasing 'earlier and faster' in the third wave.

Infectious Disease Specialist at the RCSI Professor Sam McConkey says the over 400 people in hospital will be quite unwell.

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