There have been six further deaths related to Covid-19, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre confirmed this evening (HPSC).
This brings the death toll in the Republic to 2,028.
The HPSC has been notified of 226 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
This brings the total number of cases to 70,930.
Of the cases confirmed today, 64 are in Dublin, 41 in Donegal, 23 in Tipperary, 13 in Limerick and 12 cases each in Louth and Wicklow.
The remaining 61 cases are located in 16 other counties.
The 14-day national incidence rate currently stands at 107.8.
Donegal and Louth are the only counties with a 14-day incidence rate above 200 reporting 240 and 211.8 respectively.
Fifteen counties currently have a 14-day incidence rate below 100.
As of 2pm, there are 292 Covid-19 patients in hospital. Of these, 36 are in ICU.
In the past 24 hours, there have been 18 additional hospitalisations.
Cinemas, museums, and art galleries are to reopen from next week onwards, under the Government’s planned exit from Level 5, the Irish Examiner has confirmed.
Earlier, Taoiseach Micheál Martin told the Cabinet he wants the country to move to Level 3 restrictions next week.
Trinity College immunology professor, Tomás Ryan, says a cautious approach is needed to ensure we do not return to lockdown in the new year.
"Only when they are in low numbers can we expect our public health infrastructure, enabled by testing and tracing, to suppress cases without economic restrictions.
"It is a long winter ahead, it's going to be a long time before a widely available vaccine changes the story for us.
"So you have to be very cautious about how you want to spend January, February and March just to open up the economy partially for a few weeks leading into Christmas."