The Department of Health has been notified of 600 new cases of Covid-19 nationally.
The number of people in intensive care units is 16, unchanged on yesterday’s figures.
There are 64 people being treated for the virus in hospital.
“Tomorrow marks 500 days since the first case of Covid-19 was reported in Ireland,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan.
“We have come a long way together on this difficult journey and sacrificed much in our collective effort to limit the transmission of this disease.
“As we approach our 5 millionth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, we have great hope for our future. Our vaccination programme is working, the levels of protection in the community against the virus are increasing daily and those who are fully vaccinated should feel safe to increase their social contacts and to take advantage of new freedoms, while continuing to make positive public health choices in their daily routine.
“We have come so far, and I know it is hard to continue to adhere to the public health measures, but our continued individual effort is needed to minimise the risk of the Delta variant, a highly transmissible strain that poses a significant threat to the unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.
“We are currently experiencing a worrying increase in incidence in daily case numbers, particularly in the 16-29 age group. If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, you need to maintain a high degree of caution in your activities this summer. It is essential for you to avoid crowds, carefully manage your contacts, wear your mask, keep a safe distance from others and take the vaccine when it is offered.”
In Northern Ireland, a further 528 new cases were confirmed today. No further deaths were reported.
Earlier, the Health Service Executive said that registration on the HSE portal for people aged 18 to 34 for the AstraZeneca vaccine is expected to open this week.