There have been four further deaths of people with Covid-19 and 344 new cases of the virus confirmed by the Department of Health today.
There has been a total of 2,018 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
Of the cases notified to the Department of Health today, 99 were recorded in Dublin with 28 in Cork, 26 in Louth, 25 in Meath and 21 in Donegal.
Donegal remains the county with the highest incidence rate in the country, though a slight decrease has been seen in recent days, while Wexford boasts the lowest rate.
As of 2pm today 269 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 32 are in ICU. 13 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Sixty-nine percent of today's new cases are under the age of 45 and the median age is 32.
The national incidence rate is 113.3 - slightly higher than last night. Mr Martin said the news "gives us hope".
However, Stephen Donnelly says it's too early to say what restrictions will be in place for the festive season.
Dublin accounts for 127 of the latest cases of Covid-19, with another 46 cases confirmed in Cork.
There were also 143 active outbreaks of the virus in care homes, as the region prepares for two weeks of beefed up coronavirus restrictions from next Friday.