The National Public Health Emergency Team says there has been an extremely worrying rise in the number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care.
84 patients are now in ICU - with an additional 14 admitted over the past 24 hours.
Galway University Hospital now has the highest number of Covid patients nationally, and is treating 40 people with the virus - including 5 in ICU.
A NPHET member says we're in for a 'bumpy ride' over the next month, and more Covid restrictions are 'possible'.
The seven-day average of new cases has risen by 66 per cent in the past fortnight, and now stands at 1,889.
Dr Mary Favier says cases have increased in 24 counties over the past week - and the hospital situation could worsen...