A new record for the highest number of Covid-19 cases reported on a single day in Ireland has been reached. 

1,276 new cases were announced yesterday, bringing the 14-day incidence rate to 231.

It is also the highest 14-day rate since the pandemic began.

Over the last 14 days, more than 11,000 new cases of Covid-19 have been diagnosed in Ireland. 

The 14-day incidence rate of the virus - the number of cases per 100, 000 of the population - has now hit an all time high of 231. 

At the start of this month this rate was just over 100. 

Yesterday's 1,276 new cases were spread across all 26 counties

Cavan has the highest incidence rate in the country at 758, followed by Meath, Donegal, Monaghan, Clare and Sligo - all of which have rates above 300. 

More than 103,000 tests have been completed here in the last 7 days - yielding a positivity rate of 7.3%. 

Updated figures this morning put the number of patients with Covid-19 in hospitals at 274, an increase of 12 on yesterday.

Latest figures this afternoon reveal the number of confirmed cases in ICU has increased by three to 33, according to the latest figures.

The hospitals with the most confirmed cases are Cavan (32), Tallaght (22) and Cork University Hospital with 21 patients.

There are also 94 suspected cases in hospital, with eight of these in ICU. The acute hospital system has 37 adult ICU beds vacant.

Additional reporting Fergal Bowers