It’s the lowest number since January 2nd.

56 people with Covid-19 are receiving treatment in ICU this afternoon – the lowest number since January 2nd.

It’s a fall of more than 12% since last Wednesday.

There are fewer patients with the disease across Irish hospitals than at any point in 2021. 232 people are receiving treatment today.

The HSE CEO Paul Reid says the country has made good progress in terms of the figures. However he has warned that they’re still to high considering the levels of transmission of Covid-19.

Latest figures show nine further Covid-19 related deaths have been recorded by the Department of Health and 443 new cases of the disease were reported.

The five-day moving average number of cases now stands at 463, which is almost 15% lower than last week.

In January, the Tanaiste Leo Varadkar said the number of patients in ICU would consistently need to remain below 50 before there can be an easing of restrictions.

That figure is now at 56 – the lowest in 95 days.