The Chief Medical Officer is warning the health system won't be able to cope with the increasing number of people being hospitalised with Covid-19.
There are 581 patients with the virus in hospital this morning - up 73 since yesterday - and Dr Tony Holohan says 50 to 70 people are being admitted every day.
1,754 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed yesterday, but 9,000 additional cases are expected to be recorded in the coming days due to reporting delays.
Of the cases confirmed yesterday, 523 are in Dublin, 296 in Cork, 180 in Galway, 104 in Mayo and 94 in Kerry.
Elsewhere, in this region there are 63 new cases in Roscommon and ten new cases in both Sligo & Leitrim.
GP Advisor to the HSE, Dr Ray Walley, says we need to protect our hospitals