IRELAND HAS seen its lowest daily increase in new coronavirus cases since mid-March as just 64 new cases have been reported.
At a press briefing yesterday evening, the Department of Health reported an additional 64 cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, bringing the country's total to 24,112.
Sadly, an additional 10 people have lost their lives to the virus as of 5.30pm yesterday, Sunday 17 May.
1,543 people are now reported to have died after contracting the virus in the Republic.
Data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HSPC) shows that as of Friday, 15 May, 3,117 people have been hospitalised with the virus-- 13% of all diagnosed cases.
Of those hospitalised, 389 cases have been admitted to ICU.
Sadly, health care workers make up 7,566 of all confirmed coronavirus cases.
Dublin remains the worst affected county, with just under half of all cases-- 11,666 (49%), followed by Kildare with 1,361 cases (6%) and Cork with 1,352 cases (6%).
The consistent drop in newly confirmed cases has allowed Ireland to enter Phase 1 of easing lockdown restrictions: from today, Monday 18 May, certain shops are allowed to open, and citizens can meet up to four people from outside of their household as long as they are outdoors and remain at least two feet apart.
You can read more about which measures are being lifted here.