The Tanaiste says that this will be the darkest month for the HSE in terms of Covid-19.
It comes after patients had to be treated in ambulances outside Letterkenny University Hospital last night as there wasn't enough room inside.
The hospital has apologised and says they’ve secured extra staff and opened 11 more beds to cope with the demand.
Leo Varadkar says the third wave is going to be much worse than the first - and that this will be the darkest month for the HSE.
1,575 people with Covid-19 are being treated in Irish hospitals this morning.
It's an increase of 149 patients since yesterday morning.
In the past 24 hours there have been 104 admissions and 26 discharges from hospital.
There's been 10 percent increase on the number of patients in wards yesterday, while there's been a jump of 111 percent on last Monday.
1,575 patients represents a record number of people with the disease in hospitals for the sixth day in a row.
Last night there were 126 people with the disease being treated in ICU.