1,501 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported today - the highest figure in over six months.
169 people are in hospital with the virus, with 23 in intensive care.
The chief medical officer says vaccination is leading us to a turning point in the pandemic.
Dr Tony Holohan says there's been an incredible uptake across many age-groups - with walk-in vaccination centres now open throughout the country.
Health officials are advising everyone to be aware of the risk factors for getting COVID-19:
·Distance – the risk of getting COVID-19 increases as the distance between you and others gets smaller. Keep 2 metres apart where possible
·Activity – How you spend time with people and what you do with them can increase your risk. Follow the government’s Stay Safe Guidelines when spending time with others
·Time – The more time you spend in close contact with other people can increase your risk of getting COVID-19. Keep track of who you spend time with and how
·Environment – Being outdoors is safer than being indoors. Where possible, meet with others outdoors. If this is not possible, keep windows and doors open when meeting others inside
·Symptoms – Know the symptoms. If you have them self-isolate and contact your GP immediately
·a cough - this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
·shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
·flu like symptoms
“If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you must self isolate and phone your GP for further advice.
If you have been referred for a test or are awaiting a test result, you must self isolate.
If you are a confirmed case of COVID-19 you must self isolate for 10 days.
If you are identified or have identified yourself as a close contact of a confirmed case, you must restrict your movements.
Department of Health’s COVID-19 Information Dashboard; providing latest case information.