The number of people with Covid-19 being treated in intensive care units is at its lowest level since 4 September 2021.

There were 52 patients with Covid-19 in ICUs around the country at 11.30am, down three from yesterday.

Overall there were 595 people with Covid-19 being treated in hospitals around the country, which is an increase of 16 from yesterday.

The Department of Health no longer releases Covid-19 testing data at the weekend but Northern Ireland today reported 1,865 new infections with five further coronavirus-related deaths.

Meanwhile, parents and guardians of children aged between five and 11-years-old can now book Covid-19 vaccine appointments online.

Previously, this age group had to register with the Health Service Executive and were offered appointments at a time that may not have suited them.

Dr Lucy Jessop, Director of Public Health, National Immunisation Office outlined: "The HSE is now expanding access to clinics for parents and guardians of children, aged 5–11, with our online booking option.

"It will give them an opportunity to bring their child for the vaccine at a time that suits them. We appreciate that parents/guardians are busy and we want to help make it as accessible as possible.

"Next week's midterm also gives parents another option to bring their children for a Covid-19 vaccine and we are encouraging parents and guardians to bring them along to one of our vaccination centres."

Damien McCallion, HSE National Lead for Vaccinations said: "We understand that parents want information about the Covid-19 vaccine for this age group and would always encourage parents to find this information from trusted sources such as the

"Today, we are offering parents the opportunity to choose a time and clinic that suits them, we understand that parents are busy and this will give them more flexibility."

All children in the five to 15-years-old cohort must have their vaccine appointment booked by a parent or legal guardian, who must also give their consent.

Children also need to attend with a parent or guardian. Those attending alone will not be vaccinated.