Ireland will continue to see Covid-19 cases for many months to come, but a NPHET member says the country is currently "in a good place" in the fight against the disease.
Professor Philip Nolan said "people should not be fearful, but they should be careful" as they go about their business.
He said vaccines were highly effective, and there would be a slow, steady decline in case numbers as time goes on.
A further 1,124 cases of Covid-19 were reported here yesterday evening, with 349 people being treated in hospital for the disease.
Latest figures show 12 Covid patients are being treated at Galway University Hospital, with 10 at Mayo University Hospital and 5 at Sligo University Hospital.
Mayo's 14-day rate of the virus is now below the national average, which currently stands at 378 cases per 100,000 people.
Mayo's rate is 329 per 100,000, with 430 new cases of the virus confirmed over the past fortnight.
The 14-day rates in Roscommon, Sligo and Galway are also below the national average, with Leitrim the only Connacht county with rates above average at present.