There have been 416 new cases of Covid-19 reported by the Department of Health, and five additional deaths.

It brings the total number of Covid-related deaths to 1,913, while there have been a total of 61,456 cases.

There are 322 people being treated for the virus in hospital, with 44 of these patients in intensive care units. This is up two from yesterday evening.

87 of the cases reported this evening are in Dublin, with 62 in Cork, 41 in Mayo and 37 in Galway. The remaining 189 cases are spread across 20 other counties.

64% of the cases involve people under the age of 45, while the median age of positive cases reported today is 34.

The national 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 people has fallen to 268.7.

The Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, has said we are "making progress in suppressing the current rise of Covid-19."

He said that nationally our reproductive number "has reduced to about 1.0." 

Earlier the Department of Health in Northern Ireland said that 11 people who were diagnosed with Covid-19 had died.

It means that 708 people with Covid-19 have died in Northern Ireland since the outbreak began.

An additional 649 new cases of the virus have also been confirmed.

There are 346 people in Northern Irish hospitals with Covid-19, with 48 of these in intensive care units.


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Meanwhile there have been no Covid-19 related deaths among healthcare workers in Ireland since July.

Eight people classified as healthcare workers have died with the virus.

These deaths occurred between March and July, with the majority of deaths occurring in April.

The HSE said that it cannot provide a breakdown of these healthcare workers by occupation for confidentiality reasons.

However, its understood that none of these deaths were among nurses or midwives.

A report from the Health Protection Surveillance centre on 23 October stated that there had been nine deaths among healthcare workers.

This notification was reviewed and later not deemed to be a death among this group.

The HSE says that as of 28 October, a total of 10,504 Covid-19 cases among healthcare workers have been reported to the HPSC.

Of these cases, 354 people or 3.4% were hospitalised with the virus.

Reporting by Laura Hogan and Vincent Kearney