Fears of more and sicker patients in hospitals in coming days

136 new Covid cases were reported for Donegal yesterday evening with 14 in Sligo and fewer than 5 in Leitrim.

There were 66 new cases in Cavan.

Throughout the country, there are 1,770 patients with the virus in hospitals, with 176 in ICU.

Yesterday saw the second highest number of deaths associated with the disease with 63 reported, while a further 3,569 infections were detected.

Clinical Director at Cork University Hospital, Conor Deasy, says the hospital situation is worrying: