There have been no new deaths but 53 new cases of Covid-19 were reported today.
It brings the total number of infections in Ireland to 26,162 while the death toll remains at 1,763.
The announcement was made by the Department of Health this evening.
Out of the new cases notified, 26 are women and 27 are men.
A whopping 80% of all those diagnosed are under 40.
A total of 45 cases are associated with outbreaks or close contacts of a confirmed case while four cases have been identified as community transmission.
Dublin has the highest number of new cases, with 25, there are 19 in Laois, six in Kildare and the remaining three are spread across two other counties.
Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “The source of transmission for over 90% of cases reported today has been identified. This is a positive development in light of the number of cases reported over the past few days.
“However, our five day average for cases reported is now 47. We all need to continue to adopt a prevention mindset and continue making good choices to protect ourselves and others while trying to live safely with Covid-19.
“People are still susceptible, this virus has not changed. We know how to break the chains of transmission. Let’s stay the course by physically distancing, washing hands regularly, wearing a face covering where appropriate, avoiding crowds and doing all we can to protect each other.”
It comes as Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly announced random testing for the deadly virus will be introduced at our airports.
Ireland already advises against all non-essential international travel and requires people arriving from all but 15 countries to self-isolate for 14 days.
However, it does not require Covid-19 tests from visitors and has not banned flights from any country
“We’re introducing random testing at the airports and an increased public health presence and we’re examining other options as well for further restrictions on non-essential travel… because the international situation is becoming more volatile,” Mr Donnelly told RTE’s This Week.
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He added that the passenger locator form would be made electronically available and that the contact tracing team tasked with keeping track of those who test positive in these cases was being improved.
Regarding pubs, Mr Donnelly said the National Public Health Emergency Team would be looking “at all options” on Tuesday and the Government will make a decision based on its advice.
However, the Government is focused on reopening schools and any decision on pubs will be made with “a view to keeping the reopening of schools on track”, as internationally cases go up when pubs come back.