The national 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 has fallen to 9 percent of its peak in January.
It now stands at 148 cases per 100,000 people, with the figure not being below 100 since December 16th.
557 new cases were announced by the Department of Health last night, while 17 more deaths have been reported.
Galway recorded 20 new cases of the Covid 19 yesterday, with less than 5 cases in Mayo and Leitrim, 9 in Sligo and 8 in Roscommon
In public hospitals last night nationally, there were 343 people with the disease while there were 82 patients in ICU.
Professor Anthony Staines says even with high vaccine uptake among the very elderly, there are still hundreds of thousands of people at high risk of serious illness.