The positivity rate from Covid-19 swabs taken in the last 24 hours has fallen by four per cent.
From 27,287 swabs, 5,152 swabs were positive, giving a positivity rate of 18.88 per cent.
It is the first time since New Year’s Eve that the positivity rate has fallen below 20 per cent.
On Thursday, the positivity rate from 28,609 swabs was 22.26 per cent, with 6,368 swabs proving to be positive.
While the data shows that Ireland still has an alarming number of Covid-19 cases in the community, these latest figures appear to support Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan’s hope on Thursday evening that Ireland’s third wave of Covid-19 is reaching its peak, and that the Level 5 restrictions introduced since the New Year are beginning to have an impact.
Not all positive swaps translate into new Covid cases, but the vast majority do, meaning that there will be still a significant number of cases reported at this evening’s daily health briefing.