The number of Covid patients in public hospitals has dropped by 27 per cent in the past two weeks.

The figure fell to 725 last night - compared to 997 a fortnight ago.

Galway University Hospital continues to treat the highest number of Covid-19 patients nationally, with 73 patients with the virus currently at UHG - down from78 2 weeks ago.

There are currently 23 Covid patients at Mayo University Hospital - down from 37 two weeks ago - with 13 at Sligo University Hospital and 11 Covid patients at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

Infectious diseases consultant in Beaumont Hospital, Eoghan de Barra, says the hospital figure is declining quickly...

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