The Department of Health has been notified of a further 1,392 new cases of Covid-19.

The number of people hospitalised with the virus now stands at 288, which is down two since yesterday.

Of those in hospital, the number of people being treated in intensive care stands at 73, which is up six since yesterday.

The five-day moving average stands at 1,311 cases.

Meanwhile in Northern Ireland, a further 1,239 cases were confirmed, while another ten deaths were recorded.

A number of border areas are among the local areas with the highest incidence of disease, including Carrickmacross-Castleblayney, Ballybay-Clones, and Lifford-Stranorlar.

The Monaghan local electoral area has an incidence of 1,300 cases per 100,000 people – the highest in the country.

Areas with the lowest incidence include Athlone, Lismore, and Newport in Co Tipperary.

Also today, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre reported that 251 people died with Covid-19 between 1 April and 11 September.

Of these, 149 (59.4%) had not been vaccinated, 102 (40.6%) had received at least one dose of the vaccine and 61 (24.3%) of those who died had received both jabs at least 14 days prior to their death.

The median age of these 61 breakthrough infections was 82, while 72% had an underlying medical condition.

Meanwhile, a third of employers feel their organisation is not ready for staff to return to the workplace.

New research found that two thirds of businesses expect some employees will simply refuse to return to work when restrictions are lifted.

From this coming Monday workers will be able to attend their offices and workplaces once more for specific business requirements only.

However, the return must be phased and staggered until October 22 when it is hoped that remaining restrictions will be lifted.

The revised workplace safety protocols, agreed between unions, employers and the Government, say the level of return should depend on the workplace and informed by consultation with staff.

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