There has been one further Covid-related death and 429 new cases of the disease reported to the Department of Health.

The number of people in ICU with coronavirus is 45, down one compared to yesterday. There are 174 Covid patients in hospitals with 13 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Of the cases notified today 234 are men and 182 are women while 78% are under 45 years of age. The median age is 29 years old.

There has now been a total of 246,633 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland while 4,873 people have died with the disease.

As of 23 April, 1,359,921 doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in Ireland with 966,611 people having received their first dose and 393,310 people having had both doses.

However, Taoiseach Micheál Martin tonight confirmed that one million first doses have now been administered.

Approximately 25.7% of the eligible adult population in Ireland of around 3.75 million, have now received at least one dose while 10.4% have been been fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, people aged 62 can now register for a Covid-19 vaccine as the vaccination roll-out continues.

Almost 42,000 Covid-19 vaccines were administered on Friday, the highest daily total to date.

New figures from the HSE show that there were 30,919 first doses issued to people and 10,979 second doses.

The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine accounted for almost 75% of the vaccine doses administered, with just under 21% AstraZeneca and over 4% Moderna vaccines.

A delivery of 165,000 Covid-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca, which had been delayed, is now expected to arrive next week.

From today, those aged 62 can register for their vaccine on the Health Service Executive website or by calling the Covid-19 Helpline at 1850 24 1850.

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The HSE has said that people aged between 64 and 69, who have not yet registered, can continue to do so through the online portal or by phone.

HSE National Director Damien McCallion said the overall uptake of vaccinations is very high and "good progress" has been made among the medically vulnerable and high risk groups.

Speaking on RTÉ's This Week, he said the re-adjustment of plans due to changes in the administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine have been made so that GPs can begin vaccinating at-risk people aged between 16 and 60.

It is also planned that the vaccination of all 450,000 people in the over 70s group will be completed by early next week.

The further easing of restrictions continues tomorrow with outdoor sports facilities such as golf courses and tennis courts able to reopen, along with zoos, pet farms and heritage sites.

Non-contact outdoor training for underage sports can resume in pods of 15.

The number of people who can attend a funeral can increase from ten to 25.

A consultant in infectious diseases said the return of outdoor gatherings and inter-county travel could be done safely, but indoor dining remains risky for virus transmission.

Dr Cliona Ní Cheallaigh said it is about harm reduction going forward and "if you are going to have a group together, a beach or garden is not a bad place [to do it]."

Speaking on RTÉ's Brendan O'Connor programme, she said the key to outdoor dining and gathering is that people are sensible and continue to wear masks if using toilets or to go home rather than indoors if it starts to rain.

In Northern Ireland, 73 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours. No Covid-related deaths have been reported.

Additional reporting Fergal O'Brien