4,929 new Covid-19 cases confirmed, eight further deaths
The latest figures have been released.
4,929 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Ireland, as well as eight additional deaths.
There has been a total of 2,352 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland, while 152,539 people have tested positive for the virus.
1,513 of today's cases are in Dublin, 695 are in Cork, 320 are in Limerick, 305 are in Wexford, 225 are in Galway and the remaining 1,871 cases are spread across all other counties.
As of Monday afternoon, 1,582 people with Covid are in hospitals across Ireland, with 146 of them in the ICU.
Over 40% of cases confirmed in Ireland in the past 7 days can be traced back to the “UK variant”.
It was said on Monday night that one in 76 of the population has contracted Covid over the past two weeks.
The daily number of cases are "beginning to stabilise", according to Philip Nolan, who briefed the press on Monday evening.
"We are beginning to turn a corner", Nolan said, in reference to numbers previously being over 6,000 cases per day.
He said: "We are seeing cases per day, and numbers in hospital, that we just could not have comprehended prior to Christmas."
Nolan also said that "there are no backlog cases coming through the system" at this point.
Tony Holohan said on Monday that hospitalisations tend to happen weeks after a positive diagnosis, and that as a result, we have a situation that will worsen before it gets better.
Earlier on Monday, the Northern Ireland Department of Health reported that a further 759 individuals have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours.
Sadly, a further 16 deaths have also been reported up north.
This comes on the same day that it emerged that patients at Letterkenny University Hospital were treated in ambulances at the weekend as the hospital came under “extreme pressure” due to an increase in the number of patients requiring treatment for Covid-19.