39 new cases of Covid-19 today: Taoiseach says Ireland is 'on track' to move to Phase Two

39 new cases of Covid-19 today: Taoiseach says Ireland is 'on track' to move to Phase Two
Post-Cabinet press briefing. Pictured is An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar outside Government Buildings, as he briefed media on topics including Brexit and the response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus) following today’s Cabinet meeting. Photograph: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

This brings the total number of cases in the Republic to 24,876.

The Department also confirmed that six patients diagnosed with Covid-19 in Ireland have died today.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre revealed that as of midnight on Wednesday, Cork had the second-highest number of cases with 1,464 cases (6% of all cases).

Dublin had the highest number of cases at 12,023 (48%) with Kildare ranking third with 1,416 cases (6%).

"As we approach the last week of Phase One it is encouraging to see ICU and hospital admissions declining, the number of new cases remaining stable and a 90% recovery rate in the community," Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health said.

He encouraged people to remain compliant with public health advice over the Bank Holiday weekend, stating that "individual behaviour will make all the difference" in terms of whether Ireland keeps the virus suppressed or not. 

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health echoed this sentiment.

"Over the bank holiday weekend, we encourage everyone to enjoy the warm weather within recommended guidelines," he said.

"Public health advice currently recommends outdoor meetings of up to four people outside of your household, at a physical distance of 2 metres and within 5km of your home."

The latest figures come as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that Ireland is "on track" to move to Phase Two of the easing of Covid-19 restrictions on Monday, June 8. 

Mr Varadkar said it was "reassuring" to see the coronavirus numbers moving in the "right direction". 

He also stated that primary and secondary schools are also expected to reopen at the end of August, although students may return on a phased basis.

So far, there have now been 1,645 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.

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