Coalition leaders are to meet later to assess the current Covid situation.

A shortening of the isolation period for close contacts is expected to be among the measures considered.

It comes as the country battles record infection rates and rising hospital admissions due to Omicron.

16,986 new Covid cases were confirmed yesterday, while 804 people are in hospital with the virus, including 93 in ICU.

Infectious Disease Consultant and UCD Professor, Jack Lambert, expects cases will continue to rise


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