The Department of Health has confirmed 9006 new cases of Covid 19 today.
It’s also confirmed that the number of people being treated in Irish hospitals for Covid 19 has increased by 22% since Sunday.
Latest figures from the HSE show that there are 521 patients with the disease in hospital – an increase of 60 on yesterday.
While 92 patients are receiving ICU care…up 1 since yesterday.
The figures also show that there has been a 30.5% positivity rate on tests conducted in the last week.
The Chief Executive of the Health Service Executive has said there is “no doubt now” that Covid-19 is “absolutely running rife in our communities”.
He added that Ireland is still at the early stage of a “rising curve” and that the latest spike has not hit a peak yet