There have been 5 additional deaths related to COVID-19 and 270 new confirmed cases reported by the Department of Health today.
Of the cases notified today, just 5 are in Galway, where the 14-day incidence rate is now 44.6 cases per 100,000 population.
This is a fall back closer to the levels seen in recently after two days in a row where the daily cases went back up closer to levels seen around the start of November.
There have now been a total of 73,066 confirmed cases in the Republic of Ireland, and there have been 2,074 COVID-19 related deaths in the state.
Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases, which is reflected in the national total.
“It is important to keep up the progress that we have achieved in recent weeks,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan.
“Ireland now has the lowest 14-day incidence of COVID-19 in the EU according to the latest ECDC figures and we need to hold firm to this position.
“As the country moves into Level 3, there is no room for complacency in our response to COVID-19.
As of 2pm today there are 231 hospital patients with COVID-19 in Ireland, of whom 31 are in the ICU.