There have been 269 new cases of Covid-19 reported by the Department of Health.

The Department has also reported one further Covid-related death.

70% of the cases involve people under 45 years of age, while the median age is 31 years old.

There are 181 people with Covid-19 being treated in hospitals, with 47 of these receiving intensive care. This is down three from yesterday.

1,188,354 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered as if Friday 16 April.

838,644 people have received their first dose, and 349,710 of these people have also received their second dose.

The Deputy Chief Medical Officer has said we have seen "the fantastic impact of vaccination amongst our healthcare workers and in our nursing homes."

However, Dr Ronan Glynn said the declining incidence rate across all age groups in recent weeks "cannot be attributed to vaccination but rather to the enormous efforts of people across society to keep themselves and their families safe."

He said that "if we can keep incidence relatively low over the coming weeks, vaccination will increasingly play a role in suppressing this virus".

"This will make it easier for all of us to balance the risks associated with Covid-19 while gradually easing public health measures," Dr Glynn added.


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Meanwhile more than 100,000 people aged between 65 and 69 have registered to receive a Covid-19 vaccination so far, the Taoiseach has said.

The registration process for people in this age group began on Thursday, when 69-year-olds could register, with the portal opening for people aged 68, 67 and 66 over subsequent days.

People aged 65 will be able to register for their vaccine tomorrow, while the first appointments for those aged between 65 and 69 for the AstraZeneca vaccine will be scheduled from tomorrow.

The HSE has said that so far more than 50% of the age group have registered.

Appointments can be made through the HSE website or by calling the HSE on 1850 24 1850.

The aim is to have those aged between 60 and 69 vaccinated with the first dose by the end of May.

Overall, 26 vaccination centres will open across the country by the end of next week.