NPHET will discuss the country's record number of Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations when it meets this morning.
There are now 954 people in hospital with the virus and 7,836 new cases of Covid 19 were confirmed yesterday - with both figures the highest since the pandemic began.
In Mayo 121 new cases of the virus were confirmed yesterday, 178 cases in Galway, 93 in Sligo, 25 in Roscommon and 24 in Leitrim.
The chief medical officer, Tony Holohan, says the country is likely to see an increasing number of deaths and ICU admissions in the coming days and weeks.
Dr Gerald Barry, a virologist in UCD, says the situation will get worse before it gets better.

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