Five more deaths linked to Covid-19 as 1,109 new cases recorded
The deaths of a further five patients who had previously tested positive for Covid-19 have been reported by the Department of Health.
There were another 1,109 cases of the virus confirmed in the most recent 24-hour reporting period.
This morning, there were 329 Covid-positive patients in hospital, of whom 35 were in intensive care. Of these, 25 are on ventilators.
Hospitals in the north are over capacity by 81 beds.
To date 2,552,545 vaccines have been administered.
Today's figures were released after it was revelead vulnerable patients could be missing out on a life-saving Covid-19 vaccine as confusion grows over the difference between the third dose and a booster, a cancer charity has warned.
Myeloma UK says the terms `third dose' and `booster' are being used interchangeably, leading to uncertainty among GPs and clinicians about which should be given first, if any at all.
It says thousands of patients could be missed off vaccination lists or denied a booster.
Meanwhile, a further 1,358 cases of Covid-19 have been notified in the Republic of Ireland.
This morning, there were 400 Covid-positive patients in hospital, with 75 in intensive care.
The HSE’s chief clinical officer, Dr Colm Henry, said earlier today that the number of people who are fully vaccinated in the Republic is “not high enough”.
The Republic has the highest rate of vaccine uptake in the European Union, with 92% of people over the age of 18 fully vaccinated. Dr Henry warned that the virus remains a threat to those who have not been vaccinated.
Around 40% of hospital cases in the Republic are unvaccinated patients, with some 69% of people in ICU also not vaccinated.