Another 1,997 cases of Covid have been confirmed by the Department of Health today.
There are 324 people being treated in hospital with 61 of these people being treated in ICU, up two form yesterday.
In the North, 1,430 positive cases and six deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours.
The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said the current levels of transmission are “simply too high”.
In a post on Twitter this afternoon, Dr Holohan said: “We continue to see levels of transmission of Covid-19 that are simply too high and would be categorised as a dark red country according to the ECDC.
“It is important that we continue to follow the public health advice this weekend.”