The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been notified today of 1861 confirmed cases of Covid.
As of 8am today, 249 Covid patients are hospitalised, of which 54 are in ICU.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, says the number of patients with Covid both in hospital and ICU has continued to increase in recent weeks and at the moment, 43% of patients with Covid in ICU are aged less than 50 years of age.
He's asking people with symptoms of Covid , like cough, fever, headache, sore throat and blocked or runny nose , to isolate and get a test immediately.
Dr Holohan is also asking people to continue to socialise safely by risk assessing, and meeting outdoors where possible, and to only meet up with small numbers of people and avoid crowds.