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Healthcare workers, who were close contacts of Covid 19 being asked to return to work if they have no symptoms

It comes as the number of patients in hospital with the virus hits another record high

Healthcare workers, who are deemed close contacts of someone with Covid 19, are being asked to return to work if they have no symptoms.

It comes as the number of patients in hospital with the virus hits another record high.

1,750 patients are being treated in hospital with Covid 19 and 158 are in ICU as of Wednesday morning.

The head of the HSE says this is a level beyond comprehension but Paul Reid says healthcare teams are taking emergency actions to sustain this within a level of control.

It’s now emerged healthcare workers who are deemed close contacts of someone with Covid 19 are being asked to return to work if they have no symptoms.

7,000 are currently unavailable as they have covid or are deemed close contacts which is putting a huge strain on the health system.

The HSE says these returning workers will be closely monitored.