The Department of Health has been notified of a further 1,335 new cases of Covid-19.

The number of people in hospital now stands at 282, which is a drop of 15 since yesterday.

Of those patients, 65 are being treated in ICU, which is up four since yesterday.

In Northern Ireland, 1,120 positive cases and five deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours.

The latest figures come as the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly announced the ending of the Mandatory Hotel Quarantine system.

Yesterday, the Health Service Executive said that those who are immunocompromised will be notified of an appointment for a third dose of Covid-19 vaccine from next week.

People will begin to be notified of their appointments from Wednesday and the administration of the third dose of the vaccine will begin on Friday.


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Elsewhere, the Department of Health has said "the National Public Health Emergency Team continues to keep all aspects of the management of the Covid-19 pandemic under review".

A spokesperson said "any recommendations made by the NPHET are subject to acceptance by the Minister for Health and the Cabinet for approval".

It follows reports that plans are being drawn up for NPHET to consider ending routine contact tracing from next month.

Meanwhile, Kingston Mills, Professor of Experimental Immunology at Trinity College Dublin, has said the Government should consider giving booster shots to those aged 60-70 who received an AstraZeneca vaccine.

Speaking on Saturday with Katie Hannon, Prof Mills said: "I think that there is a case now to be made that once the over 80s and over 65s in nursing homes and the immunocompromised are vaccinated that we consider vaccinating all the 60-70 age group and anyone who got an AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson vaccine."

Speaking about schools, he said that his personal view is that rapid testing in schools would be very beneficial, particularly in the primary school setting.

He added that there is "still a risk of transmission in primary schools".

"I think the transmission within schools has been dismissed as being not an issue. I don't think there's evidence to suggest that there isn't a risk of transmission," Prof Mills said.