Covid-19 patients currently occupy a third of the country's ICU beds.

The head of the HSE has warned the virus is continuing to put "significant and unrelenting pressure" on the health service.

21 public hospitals have been forced to cancel non-urgent procedures as they struggle to cope with rising infection rates.

It comes as 3,024 new cases were confirmed yesterday, while 436 covid patients were in public hospitals last night and 90 are in ICU.

Associate Professor at Trinity College Dublin, Tomás Ryan, believes hospitalisations and ICU admissions will continue to rise in the coming weeks.

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