The Department of Health has reported 1,066 new cases of Covid-19 across the Republic, with 104 new cases confirmed in Galway.
Three further deaths related to the disease were also reported today by the Department.
Dublin is the worst affected county in this latest increase in confirmed cases, with 244 people testing positive. Dublin is followed by Galway, Cork and Meath.
Of the cases reported today, 45% are under the age of 45 and the median age is 32 years.
“We are now in Level 5 because the disease is at very serious levels in our country and posing a significant risk to public health,” said Dr Tony Holohan this evening.
There were ten people with Covid in UHG and one in Portiuncula according to the most recent HSE data from yesterday. None of them were in ICU.