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Latest figures Further 6,735 new Covid-19 cases reported as hospitalisations rise by 35

A spokesperson revealed approximately 87% of reported cases are estimated to be due to the Omicron variant.

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A man has a swab taken at a drive-through Covid-19 testing clinic (AP) STOCK PHOTO

A man has a swab taken at a drive-through Covid-19 testing clinic (AP) STOCK PHOTO

A man has a swab taken at a drive-through Covid-19 testing clinic (AP) STOCK PHOTO

A further 6,735 cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Ireland, the Department of Health has said.

The number of people hospitalised with the illness has increased by 35 from Sunday.

As of 8am on Monday, 461 Covid-19 patients were in hospital, 91 of whom were in intensive care.

A spokesperson revealed approximately 87% of reported cases are estimated to be due to the Omicron variant.

Possible Omicron cases are identified by the number of PCR results with ‘S gene target failure’.

The spokesperson added that "large volumes" of daily cases were expected in the coming days.

They said: "In anticipation of large volumes of case numbers over the coming period the daily case number announced will be based on positive SARS-CoV-2 results uploaded to the HSE Covid Care Tracker the preceding day. These (sic) data are provisional.

"HPSC and surveillance partners will continue to notify and process cases and outbreaks of Covid-19 on CIDR over this period."

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