The Department of Health has confirmed an additional 1,432 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours.

There are 272 people in hospital, down 14 from yesterday, with 63 in ICU which is unchanged from yesterday.

A total of 30 deaths have been reported in the last week. It brings the overall number of deaths related to Covid-19 in Ireland to 5,209.

In Northern Ireland, there have been four further deaths of patients who had tested positive for Covid-19.

The Department of Health said there had also been 1,060 new confirmed cases in the last 24-hour reporting period.

This morning there were 397 Covid-19 patients in hospital, with 34 in intensive care. A total of 2,509,462 vaccines have been administered in the North.

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Earlier, Health Service Executive CEO Paul Reid said 60% of patients with the virus in ICUs are aged over 50, while 40% are aged between 19 and 49.

In a post on Twitter, he said 60% of cases in ICUs are not vaccinated, adding, "this is striking when only 9% of adults (18+) haven't been fully vaccinated".

Separately, there has been an increase in the number of Covid-19 outbreaks in schools, according to the latest report from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

There were 90 outbreaks recorded in the week to last Saturday, resulting in 412 confirmed linked cases of Covid-19.

It compares with 40 outbreaks reported the previous week, with 191 linked cases.

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Of the 90 outbreaks last week, 78 were in primary schools, 11 in post primary and one in special education.

There was also one outbreak in a university leading to seven linked cases.

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