The Deputy Chief Medical Officer has said he is “cautiously optimistic” about the current Covid-19 epidemiological situation, but urged people to continue to stay at home.
Speaking at a National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) briefing this evening, Dr Ronan Glynn said that Covid-19 incidence and mortality rates are still very high.
"However, incidence and mortality rates are still very high, and the significant risk of community transmission of the virus remains, especially for those most vulnerable to Covid-19 infection. It is of vital importance that people continue to stay at home and to work from home where at all possible,” he said.
It comes as health authorities this evening confirmed that 866 new cases of Covid-19 had been notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).
Of the cases notified today; 401 are men / 463 are women, 65% are under 45 years of age and the median age is 35 years old.
There were 281 cases in Dublin, 63 in Galway, 56 in Kildare, 47 in Meath, 39 in Cork and the remaining 380 cases are spread across all other counties.
The 5-day moving average of new cases now stands at 856 nationally and is 48 in Cork.
An additional 52 deaths related to Covid-19 were reported.
33 of these deaths occurred in February, 12 occurred in January, 6 in December or earlier and 1 is still under investigation.
The median age of those who died was 83 years and the age range was 55 - 96 years.
There has been a total of 3,846 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.