Hospitals are legally obliged to report cases of Covid-19 immediately

All of the country’s hospitals are to have their Covid-19 reporting systems examined urgently, after it emerged one hospital failed to report 250 confirmed cases until yesterday evening.


Some of the cases involving patients at the unnamed hospital date as far back March.


In total, there are now 23,847 confirmed Covid-19 cases here, while the death toll has risen to 1,506.


The total number of cases in the North West now stands at 678.  An additional case has been reported in Donegal bringing the total figure to 473.  Two new cases have been confirmed in Leitrim bringing the total number for the county to 77.  The number in Sligo remains at 128.


Chief medical officer Tony Holohan says hospitals are legally obliged to report cases of the virus immediately