Ireland has recorded its highest number of daily coronavirus cases since May.
There were 200 new cases of coronavirus reported in the Republic of Ireland today.
The figure is the highest daily total reported in almost three months, raising fears of a second wave.
Dr Ronan Glynn, Ireland’s acting chief medical officer, said: “This is the largest number of cases in a single day since the beginning of May.
“We now have multiple clusters with secondary spread of disease and rising numbers of cases in many parts of the country.
“This is deeply concerning. NPHET (National Public Health Emergency Team) will monitor this extremely closely over the coming days.
“This virus is still out there and has not gone away. Covid-19 seeks to capitalise on complacency and is just waiting for the opportunity to spread.
“I am asking everyone, especially those who are over 70 or medically vulnerable, to limit your contacts, keep your distance from other people and take extra care to heed public health advice.”
The total number of cases since the outbreak began now stands at 27,191.
Ireland has seen 1,774 people die of Covid-19.
The country has not seen daily deaths reach into the double figures since May.
The government in Ireland has introduced localised restrictions in a bid to curb the spread of the disease.
People in Kildare, Laois and Offaly have had their movements restricted to all but commutes and essential journeys after cases there began to rise sharply.
Pubs serving food and restaurants have been forced to close, apart from takeaway services, deliveries and “limited outdoor dining”.
After announcing the local lockdown Prime minister Micheal Martin described the coronavirus as a “deep and urgent threat”, Euro News reported.