The number of people being treated in Irish hospitals for Covid 19 has fallen below a thousand for the first time in almost a week.

This morning’s figures come as daily case numbers continue to fall, with just over 17,000 reported yesterday

Latest figures from the HSE show that 940 people are receiving treatment for the disease, a drop of 80 on yesterday, while 83 are being treated in ICU.

In a tweet this morning HSE CEO Paul Reid said a consistent set of trends give great hope.

He said there are fewer patients on oxygen support and GP referrals and overall case numbers are also down.

Mr. Reid said booster vaccines and the public's response have so far eased the worst impacts.