The Department of Health has issued five actions for the public to follow.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 3,666* confirmed cases of COVID-19.
As of 8am today, 638 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 130 are in ICU.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health says;
“We know that the level of worry has increased to levels last seen in April this year.
"We know what we are asking people to do to help supress the spread of disease in our communities is very difficult. If we all make a concerted effort it can make a difference.
"Our research tells us that people are listening to the public health advice and are reducing the number of people they are planning to meet, and are cancelling social events, to reduce their contacts."
The Department of Health is advising that over the coming weeks, you should focus on these five actions to reduce your risk and keep yourself and your loved ones safe:
1. If you have cold or flu like symptoms, isolate immediately and get a PCR test, not an antigen test
2. Prioritise who you need to meet
3. Meet others outdoors and open windows when indoors
4. Wear a mask properly
5. Use the right test and understand what the test result means
*Daily case numbers may change due to future data validation.