Coronavirus: Eight further deaths and 1,276 new Covid-19 cases reported

Eight further deaths and 1,276 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the State this evening.

One of the deaths occurred in June, two were in September and five in October. There have now been a total of 1,849 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.

Northern Ireland has recorded 1,031 new Covid-19 cases and two more deaths.

Of the cases notified in the Republic today 644 are men and 631 are women. with 69 per cent under 45 years of age.

The median age is 31 years. A total of 278 new cases were recorded in Dublin; 149 in Cork; 108 in Meath; 107 in Galway; 80 in Wexford, and the remaining 554 cases were spread across 21 counties.

As of 2pm today 260 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 30 are in ICU, with 12 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Earlier, it emerged that the confirmed number of cases in hospital and intensive care units (ICUs) remains steady despite the recent upsurge in Covid-19 cases.

As of 8am on Saturday morning, there were 260 people in hospital as a result of Covid-19, according to the Health Service Executive (HSE).