There have been 420 new cases of Covid-19 reported by the Department of Health, as well as four further deaths.

All four of the deaths reported today occurred in April.

Almost three-quarters of the cases reported involve people under the age of 45, while the median age is 32 years old.

The five-day average for new cases is 386, up slightly from yesterday.

There are 183 people with Covid-19 being treated in hospitals, with 50 of these receiving intensive care.

1,155,599 doses of the Covid-19 vaccines have been administered, as of Thursday 15 April.

814,470 people have received at least a first dose, while 341,129 people are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile a Government spokesperson has said there is no change to the official Government policy on the vaccine priority list.

It comes after the Department of Health confirmed that Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly asked for an assessment of the possibility of younger age groups being vaccinated earlier than others.

The Department said it is to see if such a move would have any impact on the transmission of the virus.

This morning the Chief Executive of the Health Service Executive said the organisation is not aware of any proposal to change the vaccination priority list.


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Separately, there is increasing confidence in Government that restrictions on inter-county travel could be lifted at some point in June.

The Government is expected to set out a plan in just over a week for the further re-opening of society and the economy throughout May, June and July.

The Taoiseach has already signalled that hotels and guesthouses are on course to re-open in June if there is continued progress in reducing Covid-19 cases.

Ministers now believe this could also allow people to travel outside their counties in June.