The Head of the HSE says the virus is 'rampant' in the community, with positivity rates at 22 percent yesterday.

Paul Reid says some centres reported that half of the tests carried out came back with a positive result.

People who are identified as close contacts of a confirmed case are no longer being tested, unless they are symptomatic and have a referral from a GP.

Professor of Health Systems in DCU, Anthony Staines, says there is real fear among the public health community that the worst is yet to come.

Meanwhile, The Head of the HSE says over 1,800 Covid-19 vaccines have already been administered.

Paul Reid has confirmed that another 2,000 units have been distributed to County Cork which will be used in hospitals today and over the weekend.

Next week teams will be moving into 25 nursing homes and a further 17 hospitals across all groups.

It's anticipated that close to 25,000 people will have received their first dose, of the 40,000 received so far.

The second delivery of vaccines is also scheduled to arrive within the week.

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