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1,110 new cases of Covid-19 reported in Ireland today

89 people with the virus are in hospital

1,110 new cases of covid-19 are being reported today.

89 people with the virus are now in hospital, with 21 of those in ICU.

There’s still no geographical breakdown of the figures – see the latest we have on local here.

It’s as positivity rates of up to 25% are now being reported at some swabbing sites across the country.

UCC Immunovirology Professor Liam Fanning says our testing capacity will soon be overwhelmed.

Meanwhile, a second helpline has been set up for people with enquiries about the new Digital Covid Certificate.

The Department of Health says the 1800 807 008 number has been established due to high demand, while more agents are now taking calls.

The original helpline collapsed under pressure on its first day yesterday with many people left waiting for several hours for their call to be answered by an agent and some KCLR listeners said they couldn’t get through at all.

The government’s today urging people to use the phonelines only if they’re planning on travelling abroad this week.

They say those with non-urgent queries should go online for more information with the details available here.