The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been notified of an additional 21,384 new cases of Covid-19.
As of 8am this morning, 984 Covid patients are in Irish hospitals, 83 of whom are in ICU.
A statement from the HPSC on Twitter says;
"Given the current high incidence, the daily case number is based on positive SARS-CoV-2 results uploaded to the HSE COVID Care Tracker the preceding day. These data are provisional."
HSE Chief Executive, Paul Reid, warned the health service is under stress, but booster vaccines are offering greater protection.
He also says nobody is hospitalised for mild Covid illness.
The @hpscireland has today been notified of 21,384 confirmed cases of #COVID19.
As of 8am today, 984 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised of which 83 are in ICU.
— Department of Health (@roinnslainte) January 9, 2022
Schoolchildren are being placed under an unfair amount of pressure to catch up with school work due to the pandemic.
Thats the view of Child psychotherapist Dr Colman Noctor.
He says it's important the system is changed to accommodate children who find themselves trying to make up for time lost due to restrictions.