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Almost 20,000 Cases Of Covid Confirmed Today

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55 people are in ICU.

19,866 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed today.

There are 9,324 PCR-confirmed cases, while 10,542 people registered a positive antigen test through the HSE portal.

1,466 COVID-19 patients are in hospital, an increase of 41 on yesterday.

55 are in ICU, which is up by 2.

A World Health Organisation expert is calling for Irish people to wear face-masks in confined places again - like shops, some hospitality venues and public transport.

The mask mandate was dropped here nearly a month ago but Covid hospitalisations have more than doubled since then.

There were less than 600 people in hospital with Covidat the end of February.

Dr David Nabarro, the W-H-O's special envoy on Covid, says it's time to wear face-masks again:

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