Health officials have today confirmed 1,179 new cases of Covid-19 in the Republic.
There are 91 people hospitalised with the virus, including 22 in ICU.
Daily county-by-county figures are no longer released by NPHET, but the latest data shows that Donegal has Ireland’s highest incidence of infection.
The 14-day incidence rate in Donegal stood at 506.3 per 100,000 on 14th July. The national average was 168.6 per 100,000.
On Friday evening, Letterkenny University Hospital recorded 5 patients hospitalised with Covid-19.
As cases surge again, Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, is urging unvaccinated people to avoid gathering indoors.
“Over the past few days we’ve begun to see these high cases translate into increasing numbers in hospital and in our Intensive Care Units,” Dr Glynn said.
“I know that people have taken great hope from the fact that our vaccination program is rolling out really quickly and it’s great that 60% of our adult population are now fully vaccinated.
“But unfortunately despite that at the moment we still have over two and a half million adults and children who are not fully protected or are not adequately protected through vaccination.
“And that’s a really big reservoir of people who are still vulnerable to this disease over the weeks to come.”