There have been 13 covid related deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.
As of midnight last night (Monday) 970 new cases of the virus were confirmed in the Republic.
Of the cases notified today - 348 are in Dublin, 60 in Limerick, 59 in Cork, 59 in Wexford, 55 in Louth, 40 in Galway and the remaining cases are spread across 19 other counties.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The current trajectory of the disease in the community is of grave concern. In the last seven days to midnight Monday, we have reported 4,478 cases, an increase of more than 110% over the preceding week. In the last 5 days, we have seen extraordinary growth in the incidence of the virus across the country, significantly increasing the level of risk associated with the kind of inter-generational mixing that is normally experienced over the Christmas holidays. To protect ourselves, our families and our vulnerable loved ones in particular, further economic and social restrictions will begin to be introduced from Christmas Eve. It is up to each one of us to rethink our plans for this Christmas period, especially when it comes to visiting older or more medically vulnerable family members and friends.