There were 709 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland as of 11:15am today, bringing the total number of cases in the Republic to 13,980.
Of those new cases, 112 were reported by a laboratory in Germany.
The Department of Health confirmed this evening that 44 patients diagnosed with Covid-19 in Ireland have died today.
Of those deaths, 33 were located in the east, three in the north-west, three in the south, and five in the west of the country.
The patients included 19 females and 25 males.
25 patients were reported as having underlying health conditions.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) revealed that as of midnight on Wednesday, Dublin had the highest number of cases at 6,567 followed by Cork with 945 cases.
Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 53%, close contact accounts for 42%, travel abroad accounts for 5%.
The National Public Health Emergency Team met today to continue its ongoing review of Ireland’s response to Covid-19.
There will be an increase in testing next week with staff and residents in all Long-Term Residential Care (LTRC) facilities to be prioritised.
Speaking at the press briefing this evening, Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, asked the general public not to become complacent about Covid-19.
"At today’s meeting of the National Public Health Emergency Team, we endorsed a proposal to increase testing of staff and residents across all long-term residential care settings including nursing homes.
"The behaviour of the virus among vulnerable groups who live in these care settings continues to be a concern and this remains a priority for NPHET.
"While we are suppressing the disease among the general public, we cannot afford to become complacent.
"To remain safe from Covid-19 we need to continue to wash our hands thoroughly and regularly, cough into our elbows and practice social distancing. These simple measures can slow down the spread of this virus and save lives," he said.
Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE, said: "Each Covid-19 death reported is a tragedy.
"This is an incurable illness and while 80% of the population will experience a mild form of the disease, our older and more vulnerable people are at a much greater risk due to the behaviour of this disease within this group."
So far, there have now been 530 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland. The median age of deaths in Ireland is 83.