The Department of Health has reported 1,293 new cases of Covid-19.

There are 382 people in hospital who have tested positive for the disease, a rise of 35 since yesterday. Of these, 61 are in intensive care, an increase of one overnight.

The Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, urged parents to exercise caution in relation to after-school activities as children return to classrooms across the country this week.

He said "participating in activities with classmates outside the school environment" were settings "where outbreaks and transmission in children have occurred in the past".

Also today, Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath said that Covid-19 restrictions will begin to unwind from next week.

He was speaking on his way in to a key Cabinet committee meeting.

Meanwhile, Minister for Arts and Culture Catherine Martin said she is optimistic about the chances of live indoor events returning on a phased basis from early September.

It comes as the World Health Organization described a rise in Covid-19 transmission rates across Europe over the last two weeks, combined with low levels of vaccination in some countries, as "deeply worrying".

The WHO said it feared another 236,000 Covid-19 deaths in Europe by 1 December.

This morning, Health Service Executive CEO Paul Reid said there were 14,000 vaccinations administered over the weekend at walk-in clinics.

In a post on Twitter, he said that overall 134,000 people have received a vaccine in walk-in centres since they opened.

Mr Reid said 88% of adults have now been fully vaccinated and a total of 6.8 million vaccines have been administered so far.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly shared a graphic on social media showing that 80.3% of people aged 12 and over have been fully vaccinated.