Country “beginning to turn a corner” with 197 cases locally yesterday

NPHET believe the country is “beginning to turn a corner” in tackling the current wave of Covid-19 – but that hospitals will remain under threat in the weeks ahead.

A further 8 deaths linked to the virus were confirmed last night with 4,929 new cases.

One in 76 people across the country has tested positive for the disease in the past two weeks.

Overnight there were 1,620 patients in hospital with the virus and 144 in intensive care.

Locally, Monaghan is still top of the table, with an incidence rate of almost 2,688 after 160 cases yesterday.

While Cavan is 7th highest after 37 cases and an incidence rate of 1,495.

Professor Philip Nolan, chair of NPHET’s modelling advisory group, says there may be stabilisation in the case numbers: