A special appeal to Dubliners to redouble their efforts to fight Covid-19 has been made by acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn.
"Prioritise the people you need to see but keep groups small. We all need to act now to break the chains of transmission," he said.
Women and people aged 25-44 are now at the centre of the rise of Covid-19 which, it emerged yesterday, has claimed another life.
They account for the highest number of people who were newly diagnosed with the virus in the week up to September 4 as the virus was tightening its grip in Dublin and Limerick in particular.
The two groups make up the highest number of confirmed cases of the virus during that week as public health doctors saw Covid-19 gaining ground.
However, since the pandemic began 26 more men than women died up to that date and a massive 64pc of all deaths from the virus were people 80 years of age or older, the Central Statistics Office revealed.
It comes as the virus is continuing to spread at worrying levels, with another 211 cases confirmed yesterday amid appeals to Dubliners in particular to reduce their socialising and cut the numbers they invite into their homes.
Dr Glynn said: "While we are seeing a continued increase in cases, particularly in Dublin, this is at least partly due to the willingness of people to heed our core messages and advice around knowing the symptoms and coming forward promptly for testing.
"This, together with the all the other key behaviours, will help to break the chains of transmission in our communities.
"This weekend, please limit your social contacts, especially visitors to your home. Avoid crowds, keep your distance from others and wear a face covering where appropriate."
As many as 42 cases yesterday were due to community transmission.