A further 5,634 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Ireland today.
The five-day moving average of new cases now stands at 4,712.
As of this morning, there were 685 patients with COVID-19 being treated in Irish hospitals - the highest since late February.
Of those, 126 were being treated in intensive care.
Government ministers speaking today have insisted further restrictions aren’t inevitable.
Dr Tony Holohan this evening said there are already signs that people are planning to reduce their social contacts in the lead-up to Christmas.
In a statement this evening, he said: "Our latest data from Amárach is showing that almost 57% of people are reducing the number of people they plan to meet between now and Christmas and 45% have cancelled plans.
We can also see that the level of compliance with the Digital COVID Cert has increased by almost 10% to 85%.
"None of this easy, particularly at this time of year. However, the data above shows that people are making a concerted effort to reduce their risk. If we can keep this going, it will have a positive impact on disease transmission."