NINETY-TWO new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Ireland, according to the Department of Health.
The figure is almost double what it was this time last week as the country's case number count rises to 26,929.
Despite this, no new deaths were recorded, leaving Ireland's death toll - for the time being - at 1,774.
"We expected that this week the daily figures would rise and fall," said acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn.
"NPHET is closely monitoring all trends, patterns and changes in the data, including not just case numbers but locations, age groups, and sources of transmission.
"We are asking those in Kildare, Laois and Offaly to hold firm and stay with us in the measures introduced last weekend. As today's figures show, cases are also occurring in several other counties around the country.
"This is still about a united, whole of a country approach. The only way we can effectively suppress Covid-19 across Ireland in the long term is if we act together to protect each other."
The recent trend of young people being diagnosed with the virus has continued, with 72% of the 92 new cases being under the age of 45.
Meanwhile, 43 of the new cases are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case, and 12 have been identified as community transmission.