The Department of Health has reported 12 further Covid-19-related deaths and 431 new cases of the disease

Four of the deaths reported today occurred in April, two in March and six in January.

The median age of those who died was 76 years and the age range was 42-91 years.

It brings the total number of Covid-related deaths in Ireland to 4,812.

Of the 431 new cases reported today, 204 are men and 226 are women, with 70% under 45 years of age. The median age is 33.

There were 160 cases identified in Dublin, 50 in Kildare, 34 in Donegal, 21 in Meath, 20 in Limerick and the remaining 146 cases spread across 20 other counties.

As of 8am, 192 Covid-19 patients were in hospital, with 49 in ICU. There were 13 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the Government has had to revisit its vaccination roll-out plan following issues with the AstraZeneca and the Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Despite the setbacks, the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said the Government is "still on target" to ensure that four in every five adults, who want a Covid-19 vaccine, will be offered at least a first dose by end of June.

As of last Sunday, there were 314,216 people fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

There have been 749,450 first doses administered under the national programme.

It brings the total number of doses given to over 1.06 million.


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Overall number of Covid-19 outbreaks reduced last week

The overall number of Covid-19 outbreaks reduced last week, according to new figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

It recorded 337 outbreaks, down 46 compared with the previous week.

The biggest individual increases were seen in extended family outbreaks, up 13 to 34 and travel-related outbreaks, up 11 to 16.

An outbreak is two or more linked cases of Covid-19.

The overall number also includes 78 "late notifications" from December, January, and February.

The data is for the week to Saturday 10 April.


Vaccination centre at the SSE Arena in Belfast

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland's health minister has said the "scales are tipping in favour of relaxing" some of the coronavirus restrictions.

Robin Swann also said there is a possibility of "accelerating that process".

Details of a timetable for the reopening of society are expected to be announced by Stormont ministers tomorrow.

It comes as the Department of Health reported one further coronavirus death during past 24 hours.

The official death toll now stands at 2,130.

A further 97 cases of the disease have also been confirmed.

There are 70 coronavirus patients in hospital, with eight in ICU, five of whom are on ventilators.

The average 7-day incidence rate per 100,000 is 41.5.

The area with the highest rate remains Derry & Strabane on 101.5, while the lowest remains Lisburn & Castlereagh on 21.4.