The HSE is warning that hospitalisations for Covid-19 and flu could reach over one thousand each this Christmas.
A National Crisis Management Team has been set up to allocate resources to emergency areas of the health service.
Today, senior health officials will meet with the Taoiseach and Health Minister over a spike in viral infections.
Damien McCallion, Chief Operations Officer with the HSE, says emergency measures will be put in place:
The system is under pressure and there are always risks there.
But there are very clear protocols developed by our emergency medicine programe that are in place in hospital's in the country.
Its important that those are clearly followed.