The incidence rate of Covid-19 has increased in Limerick after 30 new confirmed cases of the disease were reported this Sunday evening.
This is almost double the number of cases (16) which were notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre on Saturday and on Friday.
Nationally, 429 confirmed cases and one additional death have been reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team.
Of the new cases 66% are under 45 and the median age is 34. 122 cases are in Dublin, 46 are in Donegal, 30 are in Limerick, 22 are in Laois, 20 are in Cork and the remaining 189 cases are spread across all other counties.
As of 2pm this Sunday, 193 patients with Covid-19 were in hospital with 31 are in ICU.
Commenting on the latest figures, Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, said: "Today, I am concerned that we are seeing the incidence of COVID-19 rising again. 429 is a large number of cases by the standard of recent weeks and the five day moving average has now increased above 300 per day. Our efforts in Level 5 in recent weeks brought the 14-day incidence rate down to 78 per 100,000 population, put us in a position of having the lowest disease incidence in Europe and ultimately protected many people and saved many lives."
The 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 nationally now stands at 84.3 (per 100,000) while the rate in Limerick is 133.9.
Dr Holohan added: “Take today’s figures as a sign that we all must now reduce our social contacts, limit our interactions with those outside our households, weigh the risks of what socialising we are planning over the next two weeks, so that we can all have as safe a Christmas as possible.”