LATEST: Over 11,000 new cases of virus as hospital numbers rise again
More than 11,000 people have contracted Covid-19 over the past 24 hours as hospital cases rose to the highest levels since late January.
The Department of Health today reported 4,423 PCR-confirmed cases of Covid-19. It said there were 6,957 positive antigen tests registered through the HSE portal.
There were 803 Covid patients in hospital, with 51 in ICU, as of 8am this morning.
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly told RTÉ this is creating a “very heavy burden” on hospitals as entire wards have to be used exclusively for treating Covid patients.