Almost nine in 10 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered from the illness.
At this evening's briefing of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Tony Holohan said data relating to cases notified up to Sunday shows that the recovery rate from the illness now stands at 89.7 per cent.
The recovery rate among health care professionals diagnosed with COVID-19 is 93 per cent.
“To date, 90 per cent of confirmed cases diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered. But we cannot afford to stop the hard work involved in suppressing this virus,” said Dr Holohan.
“COVID-19 is a new disease. Ireland and the world understand more about the virus now than we did at the outset of this crisis. What we do know is that hand washing, social distancing and knowing when to self-isolate do work.
“These measures are the most effective tool we have to keep this virus suppressed and keep up this recovery rate. We know that the vast majority of Irish people understand this, and that they are staying the course with us as we continue to keep case numbers as low as possible,” he added.
At the briefing, it was also confirmed that authorities have been notified of 17 additional deaths linked with COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of people with COVID-19 in Ireland who have died to 1,631.
A total of 73 new cases have also been reported, bringing the total number of cases reported in Ireland to 24,803.
Meanwhile, latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) shows that 1,451 cases of COVID-19 had been reported from Cork up to Monday, May 25th.
Last night, 19 people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 were being cared for at hospitals in Cork.
Four people with confirmed COVID-19 and one person with suspected COVID-19 were receiving treatment at critical care units at hospitals in Cork.