Death toll increases to 85 with 3,447 infected
The logjam in coronavirus testing is now leaving some patients waiting two weeks to find out if they are positive for the virus.
More women than men are testing positive for the virus for the first time, as 14 more families were yesterday left mourning a loved one who died from infection.
The death toll has now risen to 85 after 10 more people died in the east and another four in the south.
The Department of Health also confirmed if a person dies before their test is processed, they are counted as positive.
This means the deceased person's funeral must be held under strict conditions and restrictions to the upset of families at such a sad time.
Deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn said another 212 cases of the virus have been diagnosed, bringing the total to 3,447.
An analysis of figures up to Monday night showed 48pc are male, reversing a trend where more men were infected. The number in intensive care has risen again to 126 and most of these are still likely to be receiving treatment.
Dr Glynn, said it could be 10 days to two weeks before the delays in testing, due to a worldwide shortage of laboratory kits, is resolved.
People with suspected cases who could be waiting 14 days for a result may have completed their period of self-isolation and recovered before they get a result.
Asked if the delay in testing was giving an underestimate of the daily rise in new cases, Dr Glynn said: "We have been very open that we are not carrying out as many tests as we intended to be carried out at this point.
"If we were carrying out more tests we probably would be picking up more people but that does not mean the picture in hospitalisations intensive care would be any different," he added.
"Ultimately from the point of view of tracking the disease and tracking its impact on hospital capacity those are the figures we are most interested in."
Some 834 patients have been hospitalised with the illness.
The next 10 days or two weeks will provide the best picture of where we stand in terms of spread and it is still too early to draw conclusions.
Dr Cillian de Gascun, of the National Virus Reference Laboratory, said they are carrying out 1,500 tests a day and were planning for 5,000.
However, a worldwide shortage of reagents to complete the laboratory analysis of swabs was hampering progress.
He said the plan is still to be doing 15,000 tests a day in a couple of weeks' time.
"We are working with our existing partners to identify alternative options for the extraction process and we also have more equipment coming on-stream in the next seven to 10 days."
A survey commissioned by the Department of Health showed strong support for emergency measures with 89pc saying they agree with social distancing and 94pc believing they can comply with the restrictions.
Some 85pc said they have adapted to the measures and would know what to do if they felt they had symptoms which is to self-isolate.
One in three is worried about their health and three in four are concerned for family and friends. Two-thirds are now contacting family and friends on their phone or online.
Due to the delay in testing, public health officials will now start contact tracing from the point at which someone suspected of having the virus is referred for a test, not when a result comes through.
It will be another 10 days to two weeks before testing is ramped up to the levels needed.
Dr Colm Henry, of the HSE, said as of now the advice regarding masks is that unless in direct contact with an infected patient they may even present a hazard because people adjust them more frequently and that can distract them from the core practice of hand-washing.
The advice is constantly evolving, he added. Meanwhile the number of clusters in nursing homes has risen to 23.
The National Public Health Emergency Team has written to the HSE to implement a series of safeguards including more screening of staff for potential symptoms of the virus and improved training in areas such as the administration of oxygen.
The Master of the Rotunda Hospital, Professor Fergal Malone, confirmed 10 pregnant women in the hospital and some staff have tested positive for the coronavirus.
He said, however, the patients are being well looked after and all of the women infected with the virus and their babies are in good health.