The Department of Health has been notified of 1,466 new cases of Covid-19.

The number of people in hospital with the virus stood at 311 earlier today – down 17 from yesterday, while the number of people in ICU with the virus has also fallen since yesterday, from 59 to 58.

Furthermore, according to the latest HSE operations update correct as of 8pm this evening, the number of patients in hospital with Covid-19 had dropped further to 302 people.

Cork University Hospital had the highest number of Covid-19 patients with 33, while Galway University Hospital had 28 with a further 22 patients in the Mater Hospital.

The department noted that daily case numbers may change due to future data validation.

Senior members of the National Public Health Emergency Team have said the number of people hospitalised with the virus and the number in intensive care have stabilised, while the incidence of disease has decreased in the past fortnight.

The Chair of NPHET's Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, Professor Philip Nolan, said yesterday that the seven-day rate had decreased, but still remained "very high".

Latest data show that local areas with the highest incidence of disease include Ballybay-Clones, Monaghan, Carndonagh and Buncrana – each of which have an incidence rate ranging from 1,234 cases per 100,000 to 1,576 per 100,000.

Areas with the lowest incidence include Fermoy, New Ross, Roscrea-Templemore, Rosslare and Athlone.

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In Northern Ireland, a further 1,424 Covid-19 cases were confirmed, while three deaths were also recorded.

Meanwhile, the Rotunda Hospital has announced it is to extend its visiting hours for partners of pregnant women, following what it described as "a significant uptake in Covid-19 vaccination rates" among its patients.

Effective from Monday 13 September, the hospital says it is extending visiting hours from 8am-8pm each day.

Visiting hours are currently 10am-11.30am and 4pm-8pm from Monday to Friday, with hours of 11am-8pm on weekends and bank holidays.

It says all other existing access controls aimed at keeping patients safe will continue to apply.