The health ministry announced one death and 4,774 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday.

The new death was of an 84-year-old woman, bringing the total death toll to 933.

There are 182 people being treated for coronavirus in hospitals, 25 of whom are in serious condition. Of the 25 patients, one is in the ICU without a ventilator, five are intubated, and 19 in a High Dependency Unit.

Of all patients, 54.95 per cent are not vaccinated against Covid.

Fifteen post-Covid patients who are no longer infectious are still intubated in the ICU.

A total of 83,389 PCR and rapid antigen tests were carried out on Wednesday, giving a positivity rate of 5.72 per cent.

Of the 83,389 tests, 79,861 were rapid tests, with 4,312 cases found. The remaining 3,528 tests were PCR with 462 positives.

Most cases were detected through private initiative, with 2,520 detected from 35,485 rapid tests, and 327 from 1,903 PCR tests.

Another 1,792 cases were recorded after 44,376 rapid tests carried out through the health ministry’s testing programmes.

Meanwhile, 113 and 71 people tested positive after 863 rapid tests and 393 PCR tests respectively carried out for contact tracing purposes.

A total of 10,789 rapid tests were carried out in secondary schools with 81 cases found, and four more detected from 504 samples taken art special schools.

Meanwhile, the test to stay programme turned up 83 positives from 4,984 tests.

Sixty seven more cases were detected from 1,308 tests at care homes and a further 10 from 2,582 tests at closed structures.

The total number of cases detected so far is 426,377.