The state health department reported a new record for COVID-19 testing on Saturday.
Commenting on the latest figures, Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, said: "The increase in case numbers of Covid-19 today is an important reminder of the unpredictable nature of this highly infectious disease".
"The virus doesn't know the boundaries of a festive season".
"There are empty seats at the table that will never be filled again, and we have to take this seriously", she added.
France records 27,228 new COVID-19 cases, 302 more deat. Otherwise she warned there was a risk of the disease spreading. "NPHET will continue to monitor the situation closely over the coming days".
The number of coronavirus cases in the United States crossed the 11-million mark on Sunday reaching yet another grim milestone, according to a Reuters tally, as the third wave of Covid-19 infections surged across the country.
"There's been a fraying around the edges".
U.S. president Donald Trump said on Friday that a coronavirus vaccine could be available to the general population as early as April.
The age group which resulted in the most hospitalisations were 75-84 years old who accounted for 102 people being hospitalised.
Speaking on RTÉ Radio 1 This Week programme yesterday, Dr Gabriel Scally, president of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Royal Society of Medicine, said: "It would be great if people could see their relatives, even at a distance of some metres at Christmas".
The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 of the population in the 14 days up to midnight on November 14 was 126.9 nationally.
"The advice is the advice today".
Cole said he and his wife weren't ever hospitalized but it was still a miserable two weeks. "They still had life left to live, and COVID stole years from them and from their families", Flanagan said.
"I think that we are in the worst part, but it will stay at this level for several weeks", said Stanley Perlman, professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Iowa, in an interview with Xinhua.
In Sligo there are 5 new cases, an incidence rate of 100.7 and 66 cases in total for the last 14 days.
Texas and California have reported the highest number of Covid-19 infections across the USA, together accounting for about 2.1 million cases or about 19% of the total cases since the pandemic began, according to a Reuters analysis.
"There are examples of small numbers of people congregating for social purposes and simply ignoring the important public health messages". Her daughter eventually recovered, but Winston said there was a time when they both weren't sure if she would survive the virus.
He also noted that there have been a number of outbreaks associated with workplace settings. These include outbreaks in association with funerals.