There have been a further 631 cases of COVID-19 reported by the Department of Health this evening, as the number of daily cases continues to climb.
This is the first time since late April that there have been more than 600 cases reported in a single day.
As of 8am this morning there were 50 people in Ireland hospitalised with COVID-19, of whom 15 are in the ICU.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, said that this number of cases is a “cause of concern”, and shows that the disease is becoming prevalent in communities once again.
“We know there is worry and frustration out there, particularly for young people who have had significant parts of their lives put on hold by this disease.”
“We ask if you are not yet vaccinated, to hold firm to the public health advice as you await your vaccine. Please continue to manage your contacts, meet outdoors and avoid crowds.”
“If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 or have any concerns, please isolate and seek a free PCR test as soon as possible,” Tony Holohan said.
“If you are not yet fully vaccinated and a close contact of a person that has tested positive for COVID-19, you also need to isolate and get a free PCR test.”