People “of all ages” are now being admitted to hospital with Covid-19, the Chief Medical Officer warned as 13 more people died and 2,944 new cases were confirmed on Sunday.
All 13 of the deaths occurred in this month.
This brings to 2,608 the total number of Covid-19-related deaths recorded in Ireland since the outbreak began.
There was no newly reported death in healthcare workers.
There was also no newly reported death in a person under the age of 30.
A total of 172,726 cases have now been confirmed here.
- 1,336 are men;
- 1,578 are women;
- 57% are under 45 years of age;
- The median age is 40 years old;
- 1,065 cases are in Dublin;
- 306 are in Cork;
- 181 are in Galway;
- 180 are in Kildare;
- 160 are in Limerick;
- and the remaining 1,052 cases are spread across all other counties.
As of 2pm today, 1,928 Covid-19 patients were hospitalised - 195 of whom were in Intensive Care Units.
68 additional hospitalisations have been recorded in the past 24 hours.
In a statement issued this evening, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan said the situation in Irish hospitals remained "stark."
He said: "We are seeing people of all ages being admitted to hospital and being taken into intensive care units.
Dr Holohan said there is no group or demographic who should feel that "public health advice does not apply to them."
"It is only if we act together that we can keep ourselves, our loved ones, and health and social care facilities safe.
Looking to the week ahead he urged people to consider their choices and make the right ones.
"Do not go into work tomorrow if you can work from home. If you are an employer, facilitate remote working for your employees.”
The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 is now 1487.9 with 70,851 new cases recorded over the last 14 days.
The seven-day incidence rate is 529.1
On Saturday, Dr Holohan warned that more than one in 10 people are now either a case or a close contact in some counties which is "a huge burden of infection."