5,471 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed this evening.
There are currently 579 Covid patients being treated in hospitals, with 122 of these patients in ICU.
The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has again stressed the sharp increase in virus rates in the 5-11 year age group.
He's urging that birthday parties and play dates over the next two weeks should take place outdoors and be kept small, while sleepovers should be avoided.
He also says indoor community gatherings involving children - including communions, confirmations, nativity and other seasonal events should be avoided.