The Department of Health has reported 1,361 new cases of Covid-19 with 160 hospitalisations.
The 160 people in hospital with Covid-19 is eight higher than the day before while ICU numbers remain the same at 26.
In Northern Ireland, there were 1,471 new infections reported along with two deaths.
While on the subject of easing Covid-19 restrictions, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan stated that the vaccination rollout must continue to rise in order to remove certain restrictions.
“The higher we go the better the protection we have and the sooner we’ll be able to ease more of the economic and social restrictions that still remain in place.”
With walk-in vaccination centres opening up around the country as well as anyone over the age of 16 now allowed to register for the vaccine, Holohan stated, “Encourage your friends and family to ensure they get reliable information about the vaccines available here and to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”
Holohan said that vaccinations remain our best option for protection against Covid-19 while adding that the current incidence of Covid-19 in Ireland is mainly among those aged 13-34 years old.
According to the Health Service Executive (HSE), 71% of adults are now fully vaccinated with 86% partially vaccinated.
HSE chief Paul Reid stated that the pace of the vaccine rollout has given us a path to some level of normality where we can rebuild society and the economy.
Earlier this week, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly stated that the vaccination programme will be extended to those aged 12-15 years old, following advice from the European Medicines Agency (EMA).