The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has reported an additional 50 cases of coronavirus in Ireland in the last 24 hours.
The total to have been infected with COVID-19 here since the pandemic began now stands at 26,303.
Meanwhile, NPHET has reported no new deaths from the coronavirus, meaning the death toll remains at 1,763.
The upward trend in younger people catching the bug continues, with over 80% of the latest confirmed cases aged under 45.
Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team
There have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.
There has now been a total of 1,763 #COVID19 related deaths in Ireland.
Department of Health (@roinnslainte) August 5, 2020
Yesterday the government followed NPHET advice to delay the reopening of the pubs by another three weeks.
This led to scathing criticism from pub representative bodies and demands for meaningful supports in the absence of reopening.
While acknowledging the circumstances faced by publicans, acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, explained that the priority of health officials was the reopening of schools and a return to services at hospitals.
"I know the decision yesterday not to move to Phase 4 will have been disappointing for many.
"However, NPHETs priority must be to control the spread of this virus in our communities and to protect the progress that we have achieved to date.
"COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus and we have seen a significant increase in its spread across multiple counties over recent days. We are monitoring this very closely.
"Our focus over the coming weeks will be on continuing every effort to slow the spread of the virus so that our schools can reopen, our healthcare services resume, and our nursing homes are protected"
To conclude, Dr Glynn reinforced the importance of following the public health advice to contain the spread of the virus.
I would also like to emphasise again the importance of continuing to practice safe behaviours such as physical distancing, washing our hands regularly, wearing a face covering where appropriate, avoiding crowds and downloading the COVID-19 Tracker app.
"Doing these things makes a real difference when it comes to controlling the spread of this virus.