Covid latest Coronavirus: 518 new cases and no further deaths
The Department of Health has been notified of a further 514 additional cases of Covid-19.
No new deaths have been recorded.
The latest figures were revealed as it's understood the entire country will now move to Level 3 of the coronavirus roadmap.
The total number of confirmed cases in Ireland now stands at 38,549 while the death toll remains at 1,810.
Validation of data at the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has resulted in the denotification of one case, resulting in the figure of 38,549.
Out of today's cases, 134 are in Dublin, 53 in Cork, 49 in Limerick, 34 in Donegal, 32 in Meath and the remaining 216 cases are spread across 20 counties.
Seventy-eight cases have been identified as community transmission and 30 pc are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case.
Overall, 68pc are under 45 years of age.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, said; “We have seen in recent days a significant and concerning deterioration in the epidemiological situation nationally.
“It is vital that we do everything in our power now to arrest the current trajectory nationally and very substantially suppress the virus back down to a low level of transmission in advance of the winter months.
“Do not become distracted from the core public health messages; wash hands regularly, keep your distance, wear face coverings where appropriate, avoid crowded environments, cut your social contacts down to minimum levels, know the symptoms and isolate yourself and contact your GP immediately if you experience them."
The Cabinet is meeting this evening to discuss recommendations made by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet).
Last night, Nphet called for the entire country to move to Level 5, however, the Cabinet sub-committee rejected this and have instead recommended placing the entire country on Level 3 with stricter enforcement measures.