THERE HAVE been no new coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, the Department of Health have confirmed.
As of 5.30pm on Sunday, 5 July, there had been no new deaths from Covid-19 in a 24 hour period, a feat which had been achieved only a few times before.
It is positive news in Ireland's fight against coronavirus, however the number of daily confirmed cases appears to be on the rise again, with 18 new cases reported yesterday.
The HSE is working rapidly to identify any close contacts the new patients may have had, in order to provide them with information and advice in an attempt to slow further spread of the virus.
The official coronavirus death toll remains at 1,741, however experts believe the real number may be lower as Ireland has experienced just 1,100 - 1,200 'excess deaths' since the pandemic began.
There have now been 25,527 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland; the number of daily reported cases had been dropping consistently for a number of weeks, and had been remaining under 10 most days, however there has been an upward trend in the past few days.
One week ago, Ireland entered Phase 3 of the easing of restrictions, and thousands of hotels, bars, restaurants and cafés reopened across the country.
However, as images emerged online of 'rammed' city streets outside bars and restaurants in the Irish capital on Saturday, experts have warned a second wave could be imminent.