There's has been a concerning increase in the transmission of the Delta variant in Ireland, according to the Chief Medical Officer.

Dr Tony Holohan says it's estimated the Delta strain of Covid-19 accounts for up to 20% of cases reported in the last week.

It comes as 284 further cases of Covid-19 have been reported by the Department of Health this evening.

53 Covid-19 patients are currently in hospital, with 13 of those patients in intensive care.

The ICU figures stand at their lowest level since mid-September.


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