The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet later to discuss the deteriorating Covid-19 situation in the country's hospitals.

Latest figures show there are 1,770 patients with the virus in hospitals, which includes 176 in ICU.

Yesterday saw the second highest number of deaths associated with the disease with 63 reported - 56 of which occurred in January - while a further 3,569 infections were detected.

This includes 200 new cases in Galway, 129 in Mayo, 27 in Roscommon, 14 in Sligo and less than 5 in Leitrim.

In terms of 14-day incidence rates, Mayo remains 6th highest in the country, with a rate above the national average.

All other Connacht counties have 14-day rates below the national average, which now stands at 1,448 cases per 100,000.

The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says that, while we're seeing some early signs of progress with daily case numbers, there's still a "long, long way to go" in the fight against the virus.

Dr Holohan has stressd that the best way we can support one another is to stay apart and stay at home.


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