There have been three additional deaths due to COVID-19 reported by the Department of Health today, along with 335 new coronavirus cases.
Of the cases notified today, 8 are in Galway, where the 14-day incidence rate has now fallen to 54.6 cases per 100,00 population, the fifth lowest in the country.
There have now been a total of 2,036 deaths due to the coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, and 71,494 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state.
Validation of data by the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 28 cases, which is reflected in the national total.
As of 2pm today, 236 people in Ireland are confirmed to be in hospital with COVID-19, of whom 35 are in Intensive Care.
The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.
The Cabinet is due to meet tomorrow to make a decision on exiting Level 5 next week, and what the exact nature of any change in conditions will be.
NPHET is recommending that pubs and restaurants should remain closed except for takeaway, the Irish Times reports, while the government has indicated that they may be allowed to reopen later this month.
The government and health officials are also reported to be in disagreement on lifting travel restrictions, with the government favouring a period of allowing people to travel to be with family over Christmas.