The number of Covid-19 patients in public hospitals has dropped below 150, for the first time in nearly seven months.

The figure fell to 148 last night - the lowest since October 6th - while there are 47 patients in intensive care.

There are still two Covid patients being treated at Mayo University Hospital, with 12 at GUH, 7 at Portiuncla Hospital and one at Sligo University Hospital.

426 new cases of the virus and 10 deaths were reported yesterday.

4 of the 10 deaths occurred this month.

In relation to new cases of the virus, there were 19 new cases in Galway, 6 in Mayo, and less than 5 in counties Roscommon, Sligo and Leitrim.

Across the country, 153 Covid patients are in hospital, of which 47 are in ICU.

The 14 day incidence rate per 100,000 of the population is now at 122.

Leitrim is the only Connacht county with a 14-day rate higher than the national average.