Number of people in ICU with Covid-19 hits lowest level this year

The number of people with Covid-19 in ICU is at its lowest level this year.

23 patients with the virus are currently in intensive care, while 59 people are in hospital - the lowest in nearly 9 months.

398 new cases of the disease have been confirmed in the Republic.

Trinity College Dublin Professor of Immunology Kingston Mills says the drop in hospital numbers is due to vaccination: