Coronavirus: One further death and 24 new cases reported in the Republic

People wear facemasks in Athy, Co Kildare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

One new death related to Covid-19 and an additional 24 cases of the disease were reported on Saturday.

There have now been 25,869 confirmed coronavirus cases in the State, and 1,764 Covid-19-related deaths.

Thursday this week saw nine new Covid-19-related fatalities, the highest such daily increase in a number of weeks.

The latest figures come as the lowest number of Covid-19 patients are in hospital since the peak, according to the head of the Health Service Executive.

Paul Reid said there are 10 confirmed positive cases in hospital, with five patients with Covid-19 receiving treatment in intensive care.

The figures show a 96 per cent drop from a peak of 140 people in intensive care in April.

Mr Reid tweeted: “Our thoughts with everyone for a full recovery.”