The head of the HSE says we have yet to see the worst impacts of the recent surge in Covid-19 on the health service.

Paul Reid is appealing to the public to play their part to protect the system.

There are 581 people with the virus in hospital nationwide - an increase of 73 since yesterday - while there are 56 patients in ICU.

The number of confirmed cases of the virus at Mayo University Hospital today has risen to 37.

It's the second highest hospital statistic in the country behind Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, which has 68 cases.

9,000 additional cases of Covid-19 are expected to be confirmed in the coming days due to reporting delays.

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