A total of 4,642 further people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Ireland, while 556 patients are now in hospital.
The number of people in ICUs across the country now stands at 107.
The latest figures were confirmed by the Department of Health this afternoon.
Saturday’s further surge of cases comes after Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said the increase in the disease is very worrying and has appealed to the public to limit their contacts.
He said on Friday: “As we look ahead to the weekend, we need to continue to make every effort we can to drive down incidence of disease and break the chains of transmission.”
Dr Holohan asked people to think about how many people they would be meeting before leaving the house and asked them to act responsibly.
He said: “Before you leave the house, think about the number of people you are going to meet, and the risk associated with the activities you have planned.”
NPHET also asked the public to abide by the following measures to reduce the risk of transmission.
It said: “The following simple measures can reduce this risk:
- Keep your contacts low and avoid crowds
- Wear a mask correctly
- Meet outside if possible
- Avoid poorly ventilated indoor spaces
- Practice good hand and respiratory hygiene
Mr Holohan again encouraged people to get the Covid vaccine but warned that they are still not completely immune to the virus.
He said: “Vaccines remain extraordinarily effective against severe disease, and the vast majority of people with COVID-19 are experiencing mild symptoms.
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“However, the outcome for any one individual who is diagnosed with COVID-19 is uncertain and it remains vital that we all continue to adhere to the public health advice in order to protect ourselves and our families.
“There are currently 549 people in hospital, 96 people are receiving critical care and this disease continues to have a very significant impact on families, communities and across the health service.
“If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, you should assume that you have this virus, self-isolate immediately and arrange a test. Do not assume that it’s just a cough or a cold.”