here have been 60 further deaths of people who contracted Covid-19 and 3,231 new cases of the virus confirmed by the Department of Health this evening.
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This takes the number of deaths attributed to Covid-19 to 2,595, while the official case count has risen to 169,780.
Earlier today, HSE CEO Paul Reid confirmed that hospitals have gone into surge capacity as ICU numbers continue to rise.
There are now 191 Covid-19 patients in ICU as of this afternoon and Mr Reid confirmed that the agreement signed with private hospitals has been initiated to cater for spillover from the public health service.
The HSE boss said there are also 250 Covid-19 patients outside of ICU that are requiring significant assistance such as additional oxygen.
1,848 people are in hospital with the virus today, while Mr Reid said 125 extra beds in private hospitals will now become available for non-Covid patients.
Elsewhere in Northern Ireland, there have been an additional 22 deaths and 705 new cases today.
More to follow…