The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1558 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
As of 8am today, 262 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 51 are in ICU.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, says that though there are growing levels of vaccination across the population, there is now a very high level of disease circulating in the community.
He says the Delta variant has enabled COVID-19 to regain a foothold in Ireland, which puts us all at risk as social contacts and mobility increase. The CMO says they are closely monitoring the spread of the virus with some concern.
Dr Holohan is asking people to be cautious and to closely follow public health advice over the coming weeks, in particular in the run up to schools reopening in September