The Department of Health has been notified of 1,207 new cases of Covid-19.

The number of people being treated in hospital is 355, up 12 on yesterday.

There are 69 people being treated in intensive care, down one.

Furthermore, there were 21 Covid-19 deaths in the week to last Tuesday, according to a new report today from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

The average age of the deaths was 80 years. All 21 deaths had a date of death in the week to last Tuesday.

So far in October, there have been 16 deaths linked to the disease. The vaccination status of these recent deaths is not available at this time.

It brings the total number of people who have died in Ireland to 5,280. Over 86% of these had underlying conditions.

Over 94% of deaths were confirmed as being due to Covid-19.

The remaining deaths are classified as either probably due to Covid-19, or possibly due to the disease.

Last month, 117 deaths were linked to Covid-19 - the highest monthly figure since March, when there were 258 deaths.

Meanwhile, mass testing for Covid-19 in schools last week resulted in an overall positivity rate of 4.8%, up slightly on the previous week when it was 4.6%.

Of the 1,129 tests carried out, 54 came back positive in the week to 2 October.

The positivity rate by school sector last week was: primary 5.5%, post primary 3.3% and special education 7.3%.

The overall number of tests done under mass testing last week was significantly down on the previous week's figure of 6,129 tests, due to changes in the testing system for those under 12 years.

Since Monday 27 September, routine contact tracing is no longer taking place for asymptomatic close contacts among children aged 12 and younger in primary schools and other settings.

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In Northern Ireland, a further four patients who had previously tested positive for Covid-19 have died.

Another 1,305 cases of the virus were also notified by the Department of Health.

This morning, there were 359 Covid-positive patients in hospital, 33 of whom were in intensive care.

A total of 2,542,757 vaccines have been administered.