5 further deaths and 1,095 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed yesterday evening - a record daily figure.
This includes 50 additional cases in Co Galway, 13 in Mayo, 14 in Sligo, 8 in Roscommon and less than 5 in Leitrim.
The 14-day incidence rate nationally is now at 190 per 100,000 people - Sligo is currently at 207, Roscommon 189, Galway 174, Leitrim 146 and Mayo is 89 per 100,000 population - the 5th lowest rate in the 26 counties.
The Taoiseach has warned that "things may get worse before they get better" in relation to Covid-19, but said the country can get through this, if people work together and adhere to the rules.
He was speaking last night, after the Cabinet agreed to move the three border counties of Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal to level 4 restrictions from midnight for 4 weeks.
It means all non-essential retail will close, only key workers should travel to work, while gyms and hairdressers will close.
The entire country has also been placed on an enhanced level three, where all visits to homes or gardens are banned with some essential exemptions.