Another 4,163 new cases of Covid have been reported today but experts say these daily number are stabilising.
There are currently 545 people in hospital with Covid with 117 of these in intensive care.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, said: “The additional efforts to adhere to the public health measures we have all been taking over the last few weeks are having a positive impact.
“We are beginning to see stabilisation in a range of key indicators of incidence of Covid-19.
“While this progress is very welcome, the level of disease in the community is still a concern. Stabilisation is happening at too high a level.
“The current high incidence is driven by the Delta variant, which, coupled with the presence of the Omicron variant, means that the trajectory of the disease remains uncertain.”
Dr Holohan continued: “In the last seven days, 478 people with Covid-19 were admitted to hospital with 46 people admitted to ICU.
“We know that public health measures we are all familiar with work to limit transmission of Covid-19 in the community.
“Choosing to follow the public health advice is difficult, particularly at this time of year, however, is it the key to changing the trajectory of the disease.
“Please continue to wash your hands regularly, keep your distance, choose outdoors instead of indoors for meeting up and open windows indoors, use good respiratory hygiene, reduce your social contacts and wear your mask if is recommended for you.”
In Northern Ireland, 2,272 new infections have been reported today, along with two Covid-related deaths.