The Department of Health has been notified of 3,024 new Covid cases.

The number in hospital with the virus is 458, down two from yesterday. Of those in hospital with Covid, 90 are in ICU, which is up four since yesterday.

There were 1,481 new infections and 12 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland today.

Meanwhile, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said Ireland is learning to live with Covid-19.

There are indications that the booster programme is having an impact, he said as he arrived at Cabinet this morning.

He also appealed for people to adhere to public health guidelines.

Meanwhile, a senior lecturer in psychology at NUI Galway has said a "pent-up demand" for socialising and a general feeling of safety now compared to last year has led to more social interactions.

Dr Gerry Molloy said there is an absence "of a certain amount of worry" with the success of the vaccination programme being a significant factor.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, he said the latest data clearly shows that people have been socialising more over the last three to four months.

"I think there is a huge pent-up demand for social interaction. No doubt about that," he said.

Dr Molloy said the Amarach public opinion tracker survey clearly indicates that a minority of people are staying at home more often because of Covid-19.

He said the recent midterm break and the bank holiday weekend is likely to have "amplified" the frequency of social interactions.

People queue by the entrance to a Dublin nightclub

Dr Molloy added that a lot of delayed social events, such as weddings, communions and other gatherings were held during October.

"We have to accept people need quality social connection and celebration with others and we have to work with that," he said.

"We all need to think about how we make our social interactions and our spaces more sustainably safe."

The Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, has said incidence is increasing rapidly in those aged 19-24 years and across all adult age groups up to 75 years.

At a National Public Health Emergency Team briefing yesterday, Dr Holohan said this high incidence is likely associated with midterm socialising and greater levels of social activity across communities.

"If you socialise, be mindful of your contacts in the days after, especially consider anyone you may meet who may be immunocompromised or vulnerable to Covid-19," he said.

"If you experience symptoms isolate immediately and arrange a PCR test. Do not go to school, college or socialise until you receive a negative result."