The number of patients in hospitals with confirmed, or suspected Covid-19, remains stable at 649 cases, latest figures show.

The hospitals with the most confirmed cases are in Dublin, at the Mater, St James's, Tallaght University Hospital and elsewhere, Limerick, Mayo and Tullamore.

According to the Health Service Executive, there are currently 72 patients in intensive care beds, with 54 confirmed and 19 suspected cases.

There are 132 critical care beds available in hospitals.

Meanwhile, latest figures show the time from a swab test to the laboratory result is on average 1.6 days.

The HSE has capacity for 15,000 tests a day and demand is currently at around 6,000 a day.

The average number of close contacts, for each confirmed case is less than two, a clear sign that social distancing is working well.

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Yesterday, the Department of Health said a further 16 people with Covid-19 have died in Ireland bringing the overall death toll to 1,561. 

An additional 51 more cases of the coronavirus have been diagnosed bringing the number of confirmed cases to 24,251. 

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 two metres of them, to be considered at-risk, or a close contact.