One more Covid-19 related death has been reported in the past 24 hours, along with 215 new cases of the virus.

A total of 2,097 people have died with coronavirus in Ireland. This includes the denotification of three deaths.

There are 74,682 confirmed positive cases following the denotification of one previously confirmed case.

The number of people in ICU is 31, an increase of three since yesterday.

There are 210 patients with Covid-19 in hospitals, with eight additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Earlier, it was revealed that over 65s in long-term care, frontline healthcare workers and people over 70 will be the first in Ireland to get the Covid-19 vaccine once it is approved.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said: "Today the Government approved the National Public Health Emergency Team's advice on prioritisation of Covid-19 vaccines.

"This is an important step in the development of the vaccine strategy, being finalised by the High Level Task Force for Covid-19 vaccination.

"While each of us awaits our opportunity to be vaccinated, it is important that we continue to protect each other in the meantime, particularly over Christmas and in the months ahead.

"Continue to follow public health advice; avoid crowded places, physically distance, wear face coverings, wash hands regularly and practice cough/sneeze etiquette."

Of the cases notified today, 95 are men and 119 are women with 60% under 45 years of age.

There were 74 cases in Dublin, 22 in Donegal, 15 in Kilkenny, 14 in Louth, 11 in Limerick and the remaining 79 cases are spread across 18 other counties.

The 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 per 100,000 population nationally is now 80.2.

Counties with the highest infection rates include Donegal (220.5), Kilkenny (178.4), Louth (158.3) and Limerick (138.5).


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Counties with the lowest rates include Leitrim (15.6), Wexford (19.4), Westmeath (24.8) and Kerry (29.8).

Also today, a 90-year-old grandmother from Enniskillen became the first person in the world to receive a Covid-19 vaccine outside of a trial.

Margaret Keenan, who has lived in Coventry, England for the past 60 years, said it was a "privilege".

A nurse at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital this morning became the first person on the island of Ireland to receive a Covid-19 vaccine.

Joanna Sloan, 28, was given the vaccine, developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, just after 8am.

Meanwhile, new guidelines from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre have ruled out choral performances, including carol singing, in churches over the festive season.