The Irish healthcare system is showing some signs of “minor relief” according to HSE boss Paul Reid.
However, he warned that it is still close to “tipping point.”
The number of Covid-19 patients in hospital last night fell again to 1,598, down 20% from the peak 10 days ago.
The drop is reflected in numbers of Covid patients being treated at Letterkenny University Hospital which dropped again to 83 today.
However, the pressure on intensive care units continues with 211 Covid-19 patients in ICU, 136 of them on ventilators.
Mr Reid tweeted: “Some early signs of minor relief in Covid-19 hospital numbers. However, our health system remains under relentless strain.
“Many very sick & vulnerable people will need care for some time.
“Our ICUs remain too close to a tipping point. Please continue to hold our guard.”