Kerry and Waterford have the highest rate of people testing positive for Covid-19 in Ireland.
There is also emerging incidence rates evolving in Monaghan and Donegal in recent days.
Positivity rates in the community have risen to one in ten people who are being tested and turning out to have the virus.
However, the positivity rates are as high as 15% in worst hit counties.
The news comes as the number of people in Irish hospitals with Covid-19 rose to 402 yesterday, with 73 people in intensive care units.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronan Glynn said: “Over recent days we have seen an increasing number of people with Covid-19 admitted to hospital and to intensive care”.
“Recently, approximately 70pc of people being treated in intensive care for Covid-19 have not been fully vaccinated. This is a significant cause for concern.”
“Vaccination, along with our continuing adherence to the public health advice, will break the chains of transmission and drive down incidence of Covid-19 in our communities,” he continued.
Glynn urged anyone who is displaying any symptoms – including high temperature, dry cough or flu like symptoms – to stay at home.
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