The number of patients in intensive care with confirmed cases of Covid-19 has fallen below 100 for the first time in just over a month.

There are 99 patients in Intensive Care Units in the country's 29 acute hospitals with Covid-19. There are also 21 patients with suspected cases of the virus.

There are 184 patients in intensive care who do not have the virus and are suffering from other conditions. As of yesterday evening, there were 134 critical care beds available and just over 1,400 general beds.

For the fourth day in a row, the rise in the number of new cases notified by the Department of Health was under 2%.

As of yesterday evening there were just over 1,000 patients in hospital with suspected or confirmed cases of Covid-19, with 706 confirmed cases, and 304 suspected.

The Mater Hospital in Dublin had the highest number of confirmed cases with 113, followed by St James' with 81, Tallaght with 70, Beaumont with 69, St Vincent's University Hospital, with 62, and Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown with 48. 

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Outside Dublin, Limerick (41), Mayo (31), and Tullamore with 23 had the highest number of patients with confirmed cases of Covid-19.

There was a slight rise in admissions to hospital between Thursday and Friday mornings.

Data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, based on more than 20,000 cases as of midnight on Wednesday, shows that Cavan is the county with the highest incidence of the virus per 100,000 people, followed by Dublin.

The data shows that two people aged between 15 and 24 years old with confirmed cases of Covid-19 have died.

Four of the deaths were in people aged between 25-34, nine were people aged between 35-44, 20 were aged between 45-64, 46 between 55 and 64 and 952 of those who died were over 65 years of age.

On Wednesday night, there were 218 clusters in nursing homes and 124 in other residential institutions. There were 83 linked to hospitals and 31 clusters were related to workplaces.