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.
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.