The Department of Health has been notified of 1,276 additional cases of Covid-19, with eight further deaths also recorded.

Of today's deaths, five occurred in October, with two in September and one in June.

There have now been 1,849 deaths linked to the virus in Ireland, with 48,678 cases overall.

There are currently 260 virus patients in hospital, with 30 in ICU. There have been 12 further hospitalisations in the past day. 

Of today’s cases, 69% are under the age of 45, with a median age of 31.

Cases are spread across all counties, with 278 in Dublin, 149 in Cork, 108 in Meath, 107 in Galway, 80 in Wexford, and the remaining 554 across 21 other counties.

644 of the cases are men, with 631 women.

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According to the HSE, Cavan General Hospital has 31 patients with Covid-19, the largest number of any hospital.

Other hospitals with large numbers are Cork University Hospital with 23 and Tallaght in Dublin with 19.

There are 31 vacant adult ICU beds in the system.

Over the past week, over 100,000 Covid-19 tests have been carried out, with a positivity rate of 7%.

Nationally, the 14-day incidence rate of the virus here now stands at 231.6 per 100,000 people.

The incidence rate is highest in Cavan (758.8), Meath (450.2), Donegal (356.2) and Monaghan (350.2).

The rate is lowest in counties Tipperary (93.4), Wicklow (102.5), Carlow (115.9) and Waterford (130.8).

HSE chief executive Paul Reid said the feedback he is getting from hospital managers and consultants is that they are "coping but under pressure".

Public actions are "key" now to keep all health services open, he said on Twitter.

No influenza in circulation yet

The latest surveillance report from health authorities shows that there is no influenza in circulation here yet.

There have been no confirmed cases of influenza in the last two weeks, since the surveillance system restarted for the winter period, according to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

Increased rhinovirus and enterovirus cases have been reported in September and early October.

The HPSC says that globally, influenza activity is at lower levels than expected for this time of year.

Experts say that the various hygiene and physical distancing measures, implemented to deal with Covid-19, have likely played a role in reducing influenza virus transmission.