A consultant in infectious diseases says the high number of patients in hospital is 'very disappointing'.

RCSI Senior Lecturer Eoghan de Barra says it's 'a very significant strain' on resources and will make life very difficult for the health service.

4,181 new cases of covid 19 have been confirmed, with 682 people in hospital last night, including 125 in intensive care.

Eoghan de Barra says the number of covid patients in ICU is edging up

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