The Department of Health has reported a total of 1,718 new cases of Covid-19 and 13 further deaths related to the disease.
112 new cases were reported in Galway today, where the 14-day incidence rate has jumped to 183.3.
358 of the new cases are in Dublin, while 164 are in Cork, 155 in Louth and 150 in Donegal.
66% of the cases are under 45 years of age and the median age is 34 years old.
455 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised as of 2pm today, of which 37 are in ICU. There have been 60 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Speaking this evening, Dr Tony Holohan said that Ireland is no longer in a containment phase, it ‘is once again in a mitigation phase’.
“Given the current levels of transmission in the community, every individual should consider themselves potentially infectious,” said the CMO.
“It is essential that we all limit our contacts to our own household now, restrict our movements and do not give COVID-19 any further opportunities to spread.
“Everyone needs to stay at home other than for essential work or care. This is not the time to be visiting other houses.”