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Coronavirus latest: Almost 1,000 healthcare workers have tested positive 

Almost 1,000 healthcare workers in the Republic have now tested positive for Covid 19.

New HSE figures also show 148 people are being treated in intensive care units - most of them are under 65.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, says healthcare staff now account for a quarter of cases but the majority did not pick it up while at work.

"Only about a quarter of them have picked up that infection we think in the course of work.

"For 50% of them, it is community transmission that explains it., in other words, there isn't an identifiable link that is associated with their healthcare environment, we think it is picked up outside.

"About a quarter of the again associated with travel," he said.

Meanwhile, doctors fighting the pandemic are demanding a clear timeline as to when those on the frontlines will no longer be put at risk from the use of substandard personal protective equipment (PPE).

A further 22 deaths linked to Covid-19, and 424 new cases of the virus, were confirmed yesterday, bringing Ireland’s death toll to 120 people.