Covid-19 case numbers could increase in the coming days to 7,000 daily cases, the CEO of the HSE has said.
Paul Reid described the current situation as “very serious” and said transmission levels are now “rampant”.
Reid said cases of more than 6,000 are to be expected this evening alone.
There are currently 3,000 HSE staff out of work due to being either a confirmed Covid-19 case or a close contact.
Covid-19 cases have began to spike exponentially in recent days to levels believed to be similar to that of March/April 2020.