LATEST: 381 new cases of virus amid worrying spike in Limerick area
A further 381 people have contracted Covid-19, latest figures released by the Department of Health confirm.
Meanwhile the number of people being treated in intensive care with the virus is 42, up four from yesterday.
There are currently 110 people being treated in hospital for Covid-19.
The latest figures come as Public Health Mid-West warned that the Limerick region could find itself in ‘a very troubling position’ if daily Covid case numbers in the area continue to rise.
The agency said it is seriously concerned by a rapid increase in Covid-19 infections connected to social gatherings in the past two weeks.
It appealed for people who have Covid-19 symptoms not to turn up at Emergency Departments or at GP surgeries, but instead to phone in advance for advice and avoid contact with other people by self-isolating.
The number of Covid-19 patients admitted to University Hospital Limerick increased from two to 14 during a week of massive disruption and delays to services due to the cyberattack on the HSE.