The Department of Health has been notified of 67 additional cases of Covid-19 and no new deaths.

There have now been a total of 26,995 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland and 1,774 Covid-related deaths.

In a statement, Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said cases have been rising all across the country this week.

He said: "We must continue to do all we can to avoid a return to where we were in March and April."

Dr Glynn said there has also been a rise in the average number of contacts for confirmed cases up to six.

He urged people to keep their social contacts low to limit the spread of this disease.

"We all have a responsibility to stop this. Social distancing applies to all age groups - wherever you are this weekend, keep your distance."

Of today's cases, 35 are men and 32 are women, while 70% are under the age of 45.

A total of 38 of the cases are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case, while 16 cases were identified as community transmission.

Eighteen of the cases were in Dublin, 17 in Kildare, nine in Clare, five in Limerick, and the rest of the 18 cases were in Carlow, Cork, Donegal, Laois, Longford, Offaly, Tipperary, Wexford, Wicklow.

Figures from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control have highlighted two regions with more than 20 cases per 100,000 of population in the last 14 days.

These are the midlands - which contains counties Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath - and the mideast, excluding Dublin, that is Kildare, Louth, Meath and Wicklow.

Meanwhile, an analysis by the Central Statistics Office shows that the number of people who have died from Covid-19 has been below ten for the last six weeks.

Dublin continues to be worst affected by the virus, with 51% of all confirmed deaths.

The CSO says that females, and those aged between 25 to 44 years, continue to account for the highest number of confirmed cases.

The analysis shows that over half, or 54%, of all confirmed coronavirus cases are linked to an outbreak.

An outbreak is defined as two or more Covid-19 cases in the same location and time, and there have been 14,359 positive cases linked to an outbreak.

The CSO says that the average age of confirmed coronavirus cases related to an outbreak is 50.

There has been a rise in the number of cases linked to outbreaks in private homes for the fifth week in a row, according to the CSO.

There were no outbreaks recorded in private homes for the week ending 3 July. Over the subsequent weeks, cases linked to outbreaks in private homes rose from 13 at the week ending 10 July to 83 in the week up to last Friday, 7 August.

There were eight cases linked to outbreaks in restaurant/cafes in the week up to last Friday and five cases linked to outbreaks related to travel.

The CSO said that the number of confirmed cases of the virus is over 100 in each of the last five weeks up to and including 7 August. The total number of cases for the end of that week was 509, an increase of 224 from the previous week.

It said that the 25-44 age group shows the highest number of confirmed cases of the virus, at 9,315.

Some 3,489 more females were diagnosed with the virus than males, according to the CSO.

It also said that healthcare workers continue to make up nearly a third of all Covid-19 cases.

For the week ending 7 August, the CSO reported that Kildare, Laois and Offaly made up two-thirds of all cases.

At that time, it was the tenth week in a row that Dublin had fewer than 100 weekly cases since the start of March. The CSO said that there were 58 new Covid-19 cases diagnosed in Dublin in the week ending 7 August, down from the peak of 1,857 cases in the week ending 27 March.

It also said that this is the tenth week in a row that Mayo, Westmeath and Wicklow recorded less than ten new Covid-19 cases.

This is also the 13th week that Leitrim, Longford and Tipperary recorded fewer than ten cases. In Kerry, fewer than ten new cases have been recorded there for 14 weeks, and it is the 15th such week for Waterford.

The CSO said the number of people who have died from the virus has been below ten for the last six weeks.

Meanwhile, there are 13 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in hospitals, according to new Health Service Executive figures issued overnight.

Six of these patients are in intensive care units, with four on ventilators.

There are also 138 suspected cases in hospitals, six of whom are in intensive care, with two on ventilators.

Figures on new virus infection rates are expected to fluctuate over the coming days, but overall the situation in hospitals with coronavirus remains stable.

In Northern Ireland, one death has been reported today and 74 more cases.