470 new cases of Covid 19 have been confirmed in the Republic and one further death.
198 of the new infections are in Dublin, 61 in Cork, 36 in Donegal and 19 in Kildare and Limerick.
The Acting Chief Medical Officer says the situation nationally is a "matter of serious concern".
Of the cases notified today;
- 225 are men / 242 are women
- 68% are under 45 years of age
- 40% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
- 68 cases have been identified as community transmission
- 198 cases are in Dublin, 61 in Cork, 36 in Donegal, 19 in Kildare, 19 in Limerick, 12 in Kerry, 11 in Galway, 11 in Meath, 10 in Roscommon, 9 in Cavan, 9 in Clare, 9 in Kilkenny, 9 in Longford, 9 in Offaly, 9 in Westmeath, 8 in Louth, 7 in Tipperary, 7 in Wexford, with the remaining 17 cases in 7 counties.
Dr. Ronan Glynn, said:
"The situation nationally is a matter of serious concern and NPHET is now recommending that no more than 2 households should meet at any given time."
"It is vital that everyone - families, friends and neighbours - limit the opportunities this virus has to move from person to person and stop the spread of the disease across households."
"Behave as though you have the virus and keep yourself and those around you safe - don't take a risk by organising or attending gatherings with more than one other household."
The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.