THE ISLAND of Ireland has recorded its first day with no coronavirus deaths since March.
Yesterday, 15 June, the Health Department of Northern Ireland confirmed the good news that the six counties had recorded its second consecutive day with no coronavirus-related deaths.
Later that evening, at a press briefing in Dublin, Ireland's Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, confirmed that there had been no recorded coronavirus deaths in the Republic.
In May, both the Republic and the North recorded their first days with no Covid-19 deaths within 24 hours of each other, but this is the first time the island has recorded no deaths on the same day since the beginning of March, before the pandemic took hold.
Northern Ireland Health Minister Robin Swann had warned last week-- after a record three days with no coronavirus deaths-- that citizens must remain vigilant, and said "Do not boast about tomorrow for you do not know what a day may bring".
In the Republic, a further eighteen new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed at yesterday's press briefing-- a slight increase from earlier in the week.
However, Dr Holohan stated that an analysis of data reporter in the last fourteen days "ells us that the number of daily cases remains on a downward trend".
Deputy Chief Medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn urged citizens to continue wearing face masks, and revealed that an estimated 1.7 million people in the Republic are wearing face coverings in public places.
"This is an increase of 6% or almost 300,000 people in a week and shows that the message is getting across," he said.
On 26 May, the Republic's first day with no Covid-19 deaths since March, Dr Tony Holohan described it as a "day of hope", stating, "we will prevail".