A young Covid patient was left coughing up blood "like I was donating to the needy".

He told of his "extreme" virus nightmare as he blasted "Covid doubting Thomas'" on social media, DublinLive reports.

Urging people to use his story as a caution of the current situation in Ireland, he said: "So to the Covid doubting Thomas, this was my reality.

"Extreme case of covid. No smell no taste, headache pains all over. Could not get enough oxygen into my body.

"Coughing up blood like I was donating it to the needy. Temp of 39.8. Wear your mask, wash your hands and stay the f*** at home.

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A young Irishman has described his horror experience of Covid

"Your health is all you ever have. Use this as a caution and warning."

It comes as only 17,823 Ireland's Health Service Executive (HSE) alerts have been sent to smartphones since the €1million (£903k) Covid tracker app was launched six months ago.

And there have only been 9,985 alerts sent back by users who tested positive for the virus.

The seven-figure bill for the development and maintenance of the app would pay for 40 student nurses working full time for a year during COVID.

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The young man was left 'coughing up blood' by the disease

These stats are startlingly low considering the app has been downloaded an estimated two million times, and was heralded as a "gamechanger" by HSE chiefs when launched on July 7th last year.

Sinn Féin health spokesman, David Cullinane, is calling on the HSE to redouble their efforts in getting the word out about the app if they still believe it is worthwhile.

Meanwhile, Brits could be in store for even tougher lockdown measures as desperate ministers fear too many people are bending the rules.

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The patient urged people to use his story as a caution of the current situation

Current measures that allow exercise with one person outside your bubble could be scrapped and mandatory face coverings in an office could be introduced, according to reports.

It comes as infections continue to surge and ministers fear that Brits are not taking lockdown as seriously as they need to.

UK hospitals recorded the highest Sunday death toll for seven months this weekend as the virus continues to run rampant across England.