A 14-year-old child has become the youngest person to die after testing positive with COVID, according to the HSPC.
The death was one of 25 notified in the week to November 9th.
It is believed the patient was the youngest person to die with the disease in Ireland since the pandemic began.
Up to now, the youngest death to be notified was 17 years old.
A final decision on the advice will not be made by Cabinet until next Tuesday.
Last night, there were 528 coronavirus patients in Irish hospitals, up 21% on the same night last week.
There were 96 in intensive care, which was six more than last week.
Latest figures show that the Carndonagh Local Electoral Area in County Donegal now has the highest COVID rate in the country.
Almost one in every 50 people in the area tested positive in the past two weeks.
By Monday, the national 14-day incidence rate had risen to 924 cases per 100,000 people – but Carndonagh’s was more than twice that at 1,992.
Donegal GP Ciaran Ó Fearraigh told Newstalk that it is a very busy time for family doctors in his area.
“We have seen a huge increase in patients presenting with respiratory illness which hwe had very little of over the last year and half,” he said.
“Since September we are back to pre-pandemic levels of serious illness.”
He urged anyone with symptoms to stay at home.
“As a GP, the one thing I could see making a significant difference is those with respiratory symptoms would isolate and get a COVID test so we can identify those that have COVID and isolate them,” he said.
“The thing I am seeing a lot of is a lot of people are not doing that. They are doing antigen tests at home and carrying out their daily activities without getting a formal PCR test.”
Manorhamilton in County Leitrim had the second-highest rate at 1,811 while five other areas had rates over 1,500.
They were Drogheda Urban in County Louth, Cahir in County Tipperary, Lismore in County Waterford, Arklow in County Wicklow and Drogheda Rural.
Belmullet in County Mayo has the lowest rate in the country at 198 cases per 100,000 people.