The number of Covid-19 cases has climbed to the highest total in nine months with 2,466 confirmed on Friday evening.
As of 8am on Friday, 457 Covid-19 patients were hospitalised, with 90 of them in ICU.
The five-day moving average is 2,123.
Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend would bring increased levels of socialising across the country.
“With the current trajectory of the disease in Ireland it is important that every individual knows and acts on the basic measures to limit the spread of Covid-19.”
Dr Holohan said the HSE was continuing to operate walk-in Covid-19 vaccination centres across the country for anyone aged 12 years and older.
He encouraged anyone who had not yet attended for their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, or second dose if it is due, and had yet to receive an appointment, to avail of these vaccination centres this weekend.
“You can also register for a vaccine appointment online or by phone, or book an appointment with a participating pharmacy. These vaccines are very safe and effective at protecting against the worst effects of Covid-19.”
Meanwhile, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) has said all but one of the 23 Covid-19 deaths in the latest confirmed weekly figures were among people aged 65 years and older.
The latest official figures show a drop in the number of deaths recorded on previous weeks but an increase in the number of cases and admissions to hospital of people with the disease.
The 23 deaths figure recorded in the week to October 15th was down from the 32 people who died the previous week and the 37 who died with the disease the prior week, ending October 1st.
There was a 13 per cent increase in the number of cases of the disease, rising to 10,675 cases during the week. Children aged 14 and younger accounted for 22 per cent of all new cases.
Almost a third of cases were among people aged between 25 and 44, while some one in 10 (13 per cent) were among those aged 65 and over, according to the CSO’s Covid-19 deaths and cases weekly data.
The 13 per cent of cases recorded among people aged 65 and over was the same percentage as the pre