There have been 2,466 further cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Ireland this evening by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).
As of 8am on Friday morning, there were 457 people being treated in hospital for the virus, of which 90 are in ICU.
The 5-day moving average of Covid cases is 2,123.
It comes as Taoiseach Micheal Martin has said the Government is “worried” about the winter months ahead as the surge in coronavirus cases continues.
Mr Martin also rejected criticism over the Government’s handling of guidelines for the hospitality sector who had less than 24 hours notice on how they should implement rules before reopening.
He said: “We have to be nimble, we have to be quick to adapt but on the plus side, I’ve heard feedback that quite a lot of nightclubs are very happy with the fact that they’re reopening.
“What we’re doing now is doing everything we possibly can to facilitate the return of live entertainment nightclub and the night economy in a cautious way, because Covid is the factor here, and it’s not government, it’s not the sector, it’s a global pandemic, which means the responses are not the responses that we would normally be doing in the normal situation.”
It comes as new figures from the HSE show a significant jump in outbreaks of the virus in Irish schools across the country.
There were 15 outbreaks reported last week in comparison to the previous week, which saw three outbreaks.
The outbreaks led to 80 linked cases, according to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.
The outbreaks originated in six primary schools, seven special education schools, one in a post-primary school and one in a non-specified school.
Five of the outbreaks were reported in the HSE Mid West area and three in the North West, two from the South and the Midlands with one in the East, one in the West and one in the North East.
These figures are likely to include the 34 cases confirmed in a CBS school in Co Wexford that made the decision to close in-person teaching but reopened the following day for those who wished to attend.
Ten outbreaks were reported in a childcare facility with 30 confirmed linked cases.