Rules around close contacts are set to be reviewed by public health officials tomorrow.

It follows a request by coalition leaders to look at reducing the current isolation period due to Omicrons impact on vital services.

It comes as a further 21,302 Covid cases where confirmed here yesterday, while 884 people are in hospital and 90 of these patients are in ICU.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said that, for the second January in a row, a significant surge in infection from Covid-19 is having a major impact on essential services across all sectors, including the health service.

As the education sector restarts this week, Dr Holohan said it's important that we continue to minimise where possible mixing indoors with people from other households.

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