No coronavirus deaths on island of Ireland for third day running
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No coronavirus deaths on island of Ireland for third day running

THERE HAVE been no coronavirus deaths recorded on the island of Ireland for the third day running.

For the third day in a row, Health Departments on both sides of the border reported there had not been any deaths related to coronavirus.

In Northern Ireland, it is the eighth day in a row there have been no coronavirus deaths reported by the Government,  raising hopes that the six northern counties are well on the way to eliminating the virus.

5,859 people have tested positive for the virus in Northern Ireland, and 556 are confirmed to have passed away.

In the Republic, while there have been no deaths reported for the third day running-- inarguably a positive statistic-- the number of daily confirmed cases remain high, with 36 new cases identified in the community within a 24 hour period yesterday.

There have been 25,802 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland, with 1,753 deaths.

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Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer for the Department of Health, again urged everyone to continue adhering to the public health guidelines to prevent a second wave of the virus.

"Together, we have achieved so much in our ongoing effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, making it possible to take steps to reopen society and the economy," he told a press briefing.

"Today I am asking everyone to stay the course on the public health measures needed to suppress COVID-19, such as covering coughs, hand washing, use of face coverings and 2 metre social distancing, which are essential for continuing the momentum towards the reopening of our schools and the resumption of our healthcare services."