Thirteen further deaths related to Covid-19 have been reported this evening, bringing the number of Covid-related deaths in the State since the start of the pandemic to 2,608.
The Department of Health also reported a total of 2,944 new cases of Covid-19, of which 181 are in Galway.
Galway has the third highest number of new cases after Dublin and Cork today, and the 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 people in the county is now 1095.9.
The median age of the deaths reported today is 83 years and the age range is 66 to 97 years.
Of the new cases, 57% are under 45 years of age and the median age of the new cases reported today is 40.
Dr Tony Holohan said that they are seeing people of all ages being admitted to hospital and being taken into intensive care units.
“The levels of infection are such that your chances of transmitting or getting Covid-19 are very high, and we know that a proportion of those cases will lead to serious illness and mortality,” said the Chief Medical Officer.
“There is no group who should feel the public health advice does not apply to them. It is only if we act together that we can keep ourselves, our loved ones, and health and social care facilities safe.”
A total of 172,726 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the country since the start of the pandemic.
As of 2pm today, 1,928 Covid patients are hospitalised – of which 195 are in ICU. There have been 68 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.