The Chief Clinical Officer of the HSE has said he is "very concerned" about the rise in the number of people in hospital, with or because of Covid-19.
It comes as 606 confirmed cases of Covid-19 were reported in the country's hospitals this morning. As of 8am there were 153 more people in hospital with Covid today than there were last Monday.
There were 453 people with confirmed cases in hospital on Monday, 13 June. Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Claire Byrne, Dr Colm Henry said the rise is largely driven by sub-types of the Omicron variant. "This sub-type enjoys what is called a growth advantage over previous sub-types and is now displacing it as the dominant variant here.