The Republic's National Ambulance Service is set to provide support to the healthcare system in the North this weekend.
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has confirmed help will be provided due to the current pressures being experienced in Northern Ireland.
It comes after 656 new cases of the virus were confirmed today along with 12 further covid-19 related deaths.
Our National Ambulance Service @AmbulanceNAS has been superb during this pandemic. They will be providing some support to the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service this weekend, due to the pressures being experienced. Thanks to @NasDirector and his team 🙏
— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) December 17, 2020
The north's health system has come under intense pressure in recent days.
The number of its covid beds now operating above full capacity.
Earlier this week, doctors at one hospital in Co. Antrim were forced to treat patients in ambulances due to significant overcrowding.