The Department of Health has been notified of 5,523 additional PCR-confirmed cases of Covid-19, as well as 5,048 positive antigen tests registered through the HSE portal.

The latest figures show the number of patients with Covid-19 in hospital is 896, down 14 from yesterday.

Of those, 90 patients are being treated in ICUs - unchanged from yesterday.

The National Public Health Emergency Team has been meeting to review the impact of the Covid-19 Omicron variant on the health care system and to consider whether to recommend a lifting of some public health restrictions.

NPHET also took account of the impact of vaccination and the roll-out of third vaccine doses ahead of making recommendations to Government.

Earlier, the Taoiseach said Covid-19 had not gone away but it was his view that people could look forward to an earlier lifting of restrictions before the end of the month.

Micheál Martin said he intends to provide a comprehensive statement tomorrow on the short and medium term.

Meanwhile, latest figures show that over 78,000 children aged five to 11 have been given a Covid-19 vaccination so far.

There are an estimated 480,000 children in this age group eligible for immunisation and the uptake to date represents just over 16% of children eligible.

The latest figures from the Health Service Executive are up to Tuesday.

Registration for vaccination for five to 11-year-olds started in late December for vulnerable groups and then earlier this month was opened to all those in the age category.

There were 15 Covid-19 deaths in the week to last Tuesday, according to the Health Protection Surveillance Surveillance Centre.

These deaths occurred in the week in question.

This data differs from the 52 newly notified deaths in the past week reported by NPHET yesterday.

The NPHET statement data includes deaths that may have occurred earlier but have been reported recently.

So far in January, there have been 66 Covid-19 deaths, the HPSC report says.

In Northern Ireland, a further two people who previously tested positive for Covid-19 in Northern Ireland have died, the Department of Health there said.

Another 3,879 confirmed cases of the virus were also recorded in the latest 24-hour reporting period. There were 402 Covid-positive patients in hospital, with 24 in intensive care.

HPRA releases data on suspected side effects from Covid vaccines

An update from the Health Products Regulatory Authority shows that there have been 18,108 reports of suspected side effects from over 7.665 million Covid-19 vaccines administered here.

The data is up to 11 January.

The HPRA said that while not experienced by everyone, all vaccines have side effects and for the vast majority of people who experience them they are mild to moderate.

In Ireland, there were 11,688 reported side effects of mRNA vaccines, 6,293 of AstraZeneca and Janssen and 130 from a "brand not specified".

Of over 659,000 Pfizer vaccines given to those aged 5-17 years, there have been 269 suspected side effects reported.

The HPRA said there have been 101 reports describing an individual who was known to be vaccinated and passed away. Most were aged 75 years and older.

The HPRA said that reports describing a death are carefully reviewed.

"However, it can be expected that fatalities due to progression of underlying disease or natural causes will continue to occur, including following vaccination.

This does not mean that the vaccine caused the deaths," the authority said.