Death toll from flu soars to 29 as crisis continues
Flu has claimed the lives of another 14 people - bringing the death toll to 29 so far this winter.
Elderly people, who are also bearing the brunt of the hospital trolley crisis, are most affected.
The latest report shows flu levels are still rising, although the number of outbreaks has decreased.
There have been 835 confirmed cases of flu this winter.
So far, 30 patients with flu have had to be admitted to intensive care.
It comes as hospitals continue to struggle with overcrowding.
There were 484 patients waiting for a hospital bed yesterday.
Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda had 32 patients on trolleys and Portlaoise Hospital was again struggling with 29 patients needing a bed.
Emergency consultants said the patients who were languishing on trolleys typically represented an older patient group, often with significant pre-existing medical conditions, who required ongoing hospital care and whose needs could not be met outside the acute hospital setting.