NPHET To Discuss Record Number Of Covid Cases And Hospitalisations This Morning  

There are now 954 people in hospital with the virus and 7,836 cases were confirmed yesterday - with both figures the worst since the pandemic began. 

1,373 cases were reported in Cork- a new record. 

The chief medical officer, Tony Holohan, says we are likely to see an increasing number of deaths and ICU admissions in the coming days and weeks. 

Dr Gerald Barry, a virologist in UCD, says the situation will get worse before it gets better.

"It's incredibly worrying and going forward I think we really just have to hope for the best. We're in a situation now where essentially we can't really change the path that we're on but the damage was done over Christmas, and now we're kind of reaping the consequences of that unfortunately, and numbers are probably going to continue to rise in hospitals for a short period in the future. Until hopefully it'll start to level off and come down as case numbers start to come down."

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