Portlaoise Regional Hospital Remains Covid-Free

The Laois hospital had no covid patients yesterday for the first time since December.

Portlaoise Regional Hospital remains covid-free today.

The hospital recorded zero covid patients yesterday, for the first time since December 22nd.

Elsewhere, four people are being treated for the virus in both Tullamore and Mullingar Hospitals, including one each in ICU.

There were no general beds available in Mullingar Hospital this morning, and no intensive care capacity in Tullamore or Portlaoise.

Nationally, the number of covid patients in public hospitals in Ireland has dropped by 10 per cent in just 24 hours. 

It fell to 136 last night - 15 fewer than the previous night, and the lowest in almost seven months. 

There are 44 patients in intensive care with the virus - the lowest this year. 

474 new cases and three deaths were confirmed yesterday. 

Professor Julien Mercille, from the Independent Scientific Advocacy Group, believes cases will rise next month:

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