John Sheehan of Blackpool Bridge Surgery described the rise in figures as worrying.
“I think everybody expected the numbers to go up when the schools started going back but the schools are only just going back so it can’t really be explained by that,” said Dr Sheehan.
“The fact that it’s such a big jump shows the importance of all the measures that have been in place over the last few months.”
Of the cases notified yesterday, 51% were confirmed to be associated with outbreaks, or were close contacts of a confirmed case, and 19 cases were identified as community transmission. The highest number was reported in Dublin (103) but there were cases in 20 counties, including Cork.
“The danger when you do well is complacency and, above all, these numbers just show that we cannot be complacent,” said the GP and former Lord Mayor.
“I think it’s going to be a long winter ahead. We need to get into a routine with our children and obey the guidelines because we’re going to get outbreaks in Cork and in our schools, it’s inevitable.”
Acting chief medical officer Ronan Glynn, said that, while the number of cases was high, the five-day moving average remains relatively stable at 115 cases per day. He urged everyone to “double down on their efforts”.