File photo: Paul Reid
CEO of the HSE Paul Reid has expressed his optimism for brighter times ahead as he took to Twitter to announce what he described as "progress on a range of areas related to Covid-19."
Mr Reid said: "Today 90% of adults are fully vaccinated with 92.5% partially.
"Hospitalisations are trending downwards; 329 in hospital, 54 in ICU."
He added that overall testing positivity was reducing.
However, Mr Reid also pointed out that there are still high volumes of Covid-19 in schools and pinpointed that as the area of concern.
Longford Fine Gael Senator Micheal Carrigy has leapt to the defence of embattled Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney on foot of calls by Sinn Féín leader Mary Lou McDonald for him to be dismissed, claiming the Cork-South Central TD "has more integrity than entire Sinn Féin parliamentary party combined".
Cases are increasing and almost 15,000 students were out of school this week due to being deemed close contacts of confirmed cases.
The demand for testing across the country has increased as a result.
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