There have been 127 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
While no new deaths have been reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).
There has been a total of 28,578 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,777 deaths here.
This total includes the denotification of one case.
Of the cases notified on Friday:
- 70 are men / 57 are women
- 80% are under 45 years of age
- 66 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
- Eight cases have been identified as community transmission
Some 52 cases are in Dublin, 13 in Monaghan, nine in Tipperary, eight in Meath, eight in Wexford and eight in Roscommon.
The remaining 29 are located in Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Offaly, Waterford, Westmeath and Wicklow.
Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, said: "While the number of people in critical care remains stable we have seen an additional eight people hospitalised in the last 24 hours.
"If cases continue to rise we will see an inevitable increase in the number of people hospitalised.
"We all have a role to play in preventing that from happening.
"This weekend it is vital that people play their part by decreasing social contacts.
"Do not drop your guard just because you are meeting people close to you.
"Remember that just because somebody looks and feels well, that does not mean they are COVID free."