An unscheduled Cabinet meeting will get under way this afternoon to discuss tougher measures to tackle spiralling Covid 19 case numbers.
1,546 new infections were recorded yesterday the highest since the outbreak began.
69 cases of the virus were confirmed yesterday in county Mayo, 43 new cases in county Galway, 15 in Sligo, 11 in Roscommon and less than 5 in county Leitrim.
Nationally there were 411 people in hospital, 75% more that just over a week ago.
Nphet who have called for stricter measures will also meet this morning while the HSE is due to call a press conference later today.
Under the current Level 5 restrictions, non essential retail and gyms are still open while visitors from just one other household are permitted
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has said there is little doubt that tougher restrictions will be considered.