No new coronavirus deaths on the island of Ireland again
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No new coronavirus deaths on the island of Ireland again

THERE HAVE been no new coronavirus deaths on the island of Ireland.

In a phenomenon which has occurred just a few times before, both the Republic and Northern Ireland recorded no deaths from Covid-19 in a 24 hour period yesterday, 8 July.

In Northern Ireland-- the fifth day in a row with no Covid-19 fatalities-- just four new cases were identified through testing within the community.

In the Republic, eleven new cases were confirmed; a drop from the figure of 24 which had been identified the day before.

The Republic had gone two days in a row with no deaths earlier this week-- for the first time since the pandemic began-- but one person was announced to have passed away on 7 July.

Last night's figures mean there have been no deaths on the island of Ireland in three out of the last four days.

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Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, yesterday said it was crucial that anybody experiencing coronavirus symptoms comes forward for testing immediately, warning against a "wait-and-see-approach".

"A key element of our response to COVID-19 is ensuring that any person experiencing symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, fever, loss of sense of smell or taste) comes forward for testing," he said.

"Please do not adopt a ‘wait-and-see’ approach. Instead, isolate yourself and contact your GP without delay."

Everyone in Ireland is also urged to download the HSE's Covid-19 track and trace app to further slow and contain the spread of the virus; you can find out more here.