Small rise in number of Covid-19 patients in Irish hospitals

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The number of patients in hospital with confirmed or suspected Covid-19 has increased to 648, according to new figures from the Health Service Executive.

The figures, up to last night, represent an increase of 79 patients compared with the situation on Sunday evening.

The number of patients in intensive care units with confirmed coronavirus is stable at 55.

There are still 141 critical care beds available in the system.