The Department of Health has been notified of 20,909 new coronavirus cases and 83 Covid-related deaths in the past week.

It brings the number of people who died with the virus in Ireland to 6,035.

There are 1,055 people in hospital with the virus, down seven on yesterday. Of these, there are 92 patients in intensive care, which is unchanged from yesterday.

The National Public Health Emergency Team has said its modelling of the virus trend would suggest the peak is around now.

However it said a better picture would be available at its key meeting next week when a more detailed assessment will be conducted.

Professor Philip Nolan, Chairperson of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said it will not be possible to say Ireland has hit the peak until the country is over it.

He said there would not be a sharp descent from the peak but more a grumbling fall.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, said the latest changes were not simply about removing rules about self isolation for certain close contacts but also about the importance of people wearing higher grade face masks.

People over the age of 12 are advised to wear a medical grade or respirator mask, if they have symptoms or are close contacts.

Dr Holohan said that while there have been increases in admission to hospitals and to ICU higher than anything experienced previously, NPHET remains hopeful that there will not be a level of impact that cannot be managed by the healthcare system.

Speaking this evening on RTÉ's Six One News, he said that another week is needed to be more certain.

NPHET has also emphasised that everyone should continue to work from home unless this is not possible, even if they do not have to restrict their movements.

NPHET said the growth rate in cases and hospitalisations has stabilised and may be starting to fall.

Meanwhile, the Health Service Executive has said it will have data tomorrow on the number of patients in hospital with Covid-19 and those in hospital for other reasons who have tested positive.

The HSE and the Department of Health were previously unable to provide the information.

Following a request from RTÉ News to the HSE for this information, the HSE directed the query to the Department of Health.

The HSE said that as this information is reported to National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), the query needed to go to that department.

Today, the Department said that due to the current Covid-19 case volumes and the emergence of the Omicron variant, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre is unable to provide a response at this time.

The department said that the HPSC will continue to provide a comprehensive suite of epidemiological reports on its website.

Separately, the HSE has said that as of yesterday, there were around 95,000 children aged five to 11 years registered for a Covid-19 vaccination.

It said that around 80,000 appointments have been offered, and around 36,000 vaccinations have been administered in this group.

Yesterday, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said that the number of patients with Covid-19 in hospital admitted for other reasons, but who test positive, is between 25-30%.


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