The current Covid-19 trends are not sustainable for the health system, according to the Chief Medical Officer.
There are fears the HSE may not be able to provide tests to people with symptoms due to demand, instead focusing on vulnerable groups.
4,962 more cases were reported last night, along with seven additional deaths.
1,260 of the cases are in Dublin, 652 in Limerick, 350 in Cork, 321 in Louth, 238 in Meath and 2,141 spread across all remaining counties.
There are 160 new cases in Galway, 102 in Mayo, 91 in Sligo, 32 in Roscommon and 26 in Leitrim.
There were 673 people in hospital with the virus yesterday - a rise of 86 percent in a week.
Public health expert, DCU Professor Anthony Staines says there may be a need in the future to cancel elective surgeries and transplant operations