The head of the Irish Health Service Executive has warned that the system is under stress.
Paul Reid was speaking as another 21,384 positive cases of Covid-19 were notified on Sunday.
On Sunday morning, there were 984 Covid-positive patients in hospital, of whom 83 were in intensive care.
Mr Reid tweeted that the health service is under stress, but there is "always room for optimism".
Saturday saw a new record daily case number set, with 26,122 new cases confirmed.
The previous daily high of 23,817 was notified on January 6 as Ireland heads towards the expected peak of the Omicron surge.