Around 91% of all Covid-19 deaths in Ireland were people over the age of 65, according to new data from the Central Statistics Office.

The figures, which relate to deaths from March 2020 to February 2022, also show that 59% of all Covid-related deaths took place in general and orthopaedic hospitals.

A total of 1,564 Covid-related deaths occurred in nursing homes, 29% of all virus-related deaths.

Dublin city recorded the highest number of deaths related to the virus at 951, which is 17% of all Covid-19 deaths in the period.

The fewest number deaths linked to Covid-19 occurred in Leitrim, with 26 such deaths recorded, or 0.5% of such deaths nationally.

There were no Covid-related deaths in maternity hospitals or paediatric hospitals.

The data from the CSO analyses cases where the virus was the underlying cause of death.

In a statement released by the organisation today, it explains that a death due to Covid-19 differs from a death with Covid-19 in that the virus is identified as the underlying cause of death in the former but not in the latter.

In deaths between March 2020 and February 2022, the virus was identified as the underlying cause of death in 5,384 cases.

As of yesterday, a total of 1,647,605 confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been registered in Ireland.

There are currently 398 people with Covid-19 in hospitals, while 30 people are in ICU with the virus.