Health officials have announced 57 further COVID-19 cases this evening.
No further deaths have been recorded.
It brings the total number of cases recorded since the outbreak began to 26,768. The death toll in the republic remains at 1,772.
One previously confirmed case has been denotified.
The Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said 19 of the new cases are in Kildare, 11 are in Dublin, 10 are in Offaly and seven are in Limerick.
The rest of the cases are in Clare, Cork, Galway, Kerry and Wicklow.
He said 70% of the cases announced today are under 45 years of age.
Some 31 of them are associated with known outbreaks or are close contacts of previously confirmed cases.
Eight have been identified as community transmission.
“People in Ireland coming together to support one another against COVID-19 has been the cornerstone of the national effort to date,” said Dr Glynn.
“While people in Kildare, Laois and Offaly are being asked to reduce their movements and social interactions, and some businesses are being asked to curtail their services, it is important that we remember that everyone across the country has a role to play in minimising the spread of this disease in our communities.”
The numbers were announced as new laws enforcing the use of face masks in shops and other commercial settings were brought into force.
The Chief Nursing Officer Rachel Kenna said every small action we take to tackle the virus is an “act of solidarity with healthcare workers who have been at the frontline of this public health crisis since its outset.”
“From today, you are asked to wear face coverings in a variety of indoor commercial settings such as shops, supermarkets, libraries, museums, cinemas and theatres,” she said.
“Remember to clean your hands before you put on your face covering and hold it by the ear loops. Ensure it sits snugly over your nose and mouth.
“When you remove it, place it in a Ziploc bag and then when you get home, put it in a 60C degree wash. Try to avoid touching the front of your face covering when wearing it.”
Meanwhile, consultant psychiatrist and Integrated Care Lead Dr Siobhán Ní Bhriain the guidelines are there to protect the most vulnerable groups in society.
“COVID-19 is still circulating in our communities,” she said. “By avoiding crowded places, keeping our social contacts to a minimum and socially distancing from one another, we are helping to break chains of transmission that could lead to an older person or a vulnerable person catching this infection.”