There are 881 patients with Covid-19 in acute hospitals, as well as 448 suspected cases, according to new figures obtained by RTÉ News.

A Health Service Executive acute hospitals operational report shows that the hospitals with the largest number of confirmed cases are in Dublin, where Beaumont Hospital has 143 cases, the Mater 87, St James's Hospital 81, Tallaght 81 and St Vincent’s University Hospital 69.

Among the children’s hospitals, there are two confirmed cases at Temple Street and one case at Crumlin.

Outside of the capital, Our Lady of Lourdes Drogheda has 36 confirmed cases, Limerick University Hospital 35 and Cork University Hospital has 32.

The official figures are reported up to 8am yesterday.

Of the 448 suspected Covid-19 cases, Limerick University Hospital has 54, St Vincent's 43, Letterkenny 35, Galway University Hospital 32, Mayo 30 and Cork 26.

These 448 patients - 'suspected cases' - were awaiting swab test results up to yesterday.

The report also shows that the daily rate of admission to hospital of confirmed cases has reduced slightly.

The largest number of "new" cases reported in a single day was yesterday, with 657 cases, excluding results from older tests done in a German laboratory.

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There have now been 444 Covid-19 related deaths in the country, with 11,479 confirmed cases of the virus. 

Yesterday an additional 657 cases of the virus were diagnosed here. In addition, a further 411 cases of coronavirus were confirmed from the backlog of tests at the laboratory in Germany. 

This brings the total number of additional cases to 1,068. 

The total number of Covid-19 cases in Ireland is now 12,547. 

Around 80% of cases of Covid-19 will be a mild to moderate illness, close to 14% have severe disease and around 6% are critical.

Generally, you need to be 15 minutes or more in the vicinity of an infected person and within 2 metres of them, to be considered at-risk, or a close contact.