The Department of Health has reported 1,345 new cases of COVID-19 in the State as the number of people in hospital with the disease continues to rise.
As of 8am today, 141 people with COVID-19 are in hospitals across the country, of whom 25 are in ICU.
Speaking this evening, Dr Tony Holohan said that there is a high incidence of COVID-19 across many counties, and that there has been a significant increase in hospitalisation over the last fortnight.
“Please continue to avoid crowded spaces, keep distance from others, keep indoor settings well-ventilated by opening windows and doors, wear a mask where appropriate,” he said.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn added: “87% of cases today are in those aged less than 45 years.
“If you are awaiting your vaccine or are awaiting your second dose, continue to protect yourself by following public health advice.
“Vaccines against COVID-19 are safe and effective. Please get vaccinated as soon as you have the opportunity to do so.”