HEALTH officials have confirmed 581 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.
There are 60 patients in hospital with Covid-19, 17 of whole are in intensive care.
Today’s is the highest daily total for two months.
“We are continuing to see an increase in the incidence rate of COVID-19,” Dr Tony Holohan, Ireland’s chief medical officer, said.
“It is important that we do as much as possible to control the spread of the disease as the vaccination programme opens to all adults over the age of 18.
“The continuing high levels of adherence to the public health advice, high levels of vaccine uptake and community engagement with testing centres around the country are all reasons to be positive.“