There have been 40 more confirmed coronavirus cases in Ireland, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) confirmed on Sunday.
These are made up of 23 men and 17 women.
Some 25 cases are associated with the east of the country, nine are in the west and six are in the south.
The death toll here remains at two.
There are now 169 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
The HSE says it is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had, to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.
The Government has called on all public houses and bars (including hotel bars) to close from Sunday until at least March 29th.
Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer, said: "In regard to upcoming St Patrick's Day celebrations, the Government is calling on all members of the public not to organise or participate in any parties in private house or other venues which would put other peoples lives at risk.
"Everyone is asked to reduce their social contact over this time period.
"House parties/ COVID parties carry the same risks as being in a pub/club, therefore people should not organise or attend them.
"The virus is now in our community, it is up to us to limit its spread.
"Now is the time for action and to heed the public health advise we will continue to provide."
Rachel Kenna, deputy chief nurse at the Department of Health, added: "Healthcare workers across the service are working under extraordinary conditions, preparing for the potential impact of COVID-19.
"If all citizens work together and comply with social distancing guidelines, and other measures the Government may take in the coming weeks, we will have a stronger response to this virus. Help our healthcare workers in their task. "
The NPHET will meet again on Monday to continue its review of ongoing preparedness for COVID-19.