The number of people being treated in hospital for Covid-19  across the country is now 1,285, up 134 on yesterday. Of these 107 are in intensive care.

The latest numbers were tweeted this morning by the head of Health Service Executive Paul Reid.

There were 20 further coronavirus-related deaths and 8,248 new cases of the disease nationally notified to the Department of Health yesterday.

220 new cases of Covid 19 were confirmed in Galway, 130 in Mayo, 70 in Sligo, 57 in Roscommon and 43 in Leitrim.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has said that anyone who has travelled to Ireland from South Africa is advised to identify themselves through a GP for Covid-19 testing as soon as possible and to self-isolate for 14 days.

This comes after the National Virus Reference Laboratory confirmed that cases of the more highly transmissible variant of Covid-19 recently identified in South Africa is also present in Ireland.

The European Centre for Disease Control has warned that the new variant would have a high impact if it becomes established, and place greater pressure on our health system.

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