Nine deaths from coronavirus and seven new cases confirmed in Ireland
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Nine deaths from coronavirus and seven new cases confirmed in Ireland

A FURTHER NINE people have died from coronavirus while seven new cases were confirmed on Thursday, according to the Department of Health.

It brings Ireland's total number of cases to 25,826, while the death toll from Covid-19 now stands at 1,763.

In a statement, acting Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn said: "Two weeks ago, we expressed our concerns about worrying trends in the progression of Covid-19 in Ireland.

"Collectively, people in Ireland responded to this call for action and together have broken the chains of transmission."

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Of the nine deaths reported yesterday, eight occurred in April, May and June.

Dr Glynn added that the drop in case numbers is a "further demonstration" of the power of people working together over the course of this "unprecedented pandemic," and urged the public to stick to the guidelines.

"I believe we can maintain the important progress we have made together," he added, "but only if we continue to heed the public health advice."