The Department of Health has reported 3,394 new cases of COVID-19 today – the highest number of new cases recorded by far since the start of the pandemic.
Of the cases reported today, 116 are in Galway, while 389 are in Cork, 355 in Dublin, 339 in Donegal, 258 in Louth and 233 in Mayo.
Four additional deaths related to Covid-19 have also been confirmed by the Department of Health.
There are now 607 COVID-19 patients in hospital, of which 56 are in ICU.
At University Hospital Galway, there were 26 confirmed cases at 8.00 pm yesterday evening but just one was in critical care.
In the North, 25 deaths and 3,576 new cases have been reported over the past two days.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said that it is extremely important that vulnerable and older people do not leave their homes unless absolutely essential.
“This includes asking neighbours or family to carry out errands such as grocery shopping, limiting all contacts to only those people you live with or have to visit for essential care reasons,” he said.
“We need to rediscover the spirit of solidarity and community we saw in March and April so that we can all do our part in protecting older and vulnerable people.”