It is literally “in our hands”, Dr Sheehan said.
“I know that Cork people will work together to keep everyone safe and I want to thank them for this incredible effort,” he said.
There were 126 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in the country yesterday, bringing the total number of cases in Ireland to 683.
A total of 66 cases have been confirmed so far in Cork
Chief medical officer in the Department of Health, Dr Tony Holohan said: “Now is not the time for complacency.
“Every citizen who is practising social distancing, who is taking precautions to limit the spread of this virus, is doing their country a service.
“The Department of Health has issued outdoor social distancing guidelines for everyone to follow.
“While we encourage people to exercise outside and maintain a healthy lifestyle, social distancing measures will continue to be paramount.”
He urged people to take “personal responsibility” and to continue to adhere to social distancing measures.
He made the comments as gardaí confirmed to The Echo that they had been called to disperse a gathering of young people in Cork in recent days.
A Cork emergency medicine specialist has also issued warnings on socialising.
Yesterday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that the restrictions being imposed are “absolutely necessary” to protect human life, and more may be needed if the spread of the virus continues.
An Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive, Cork City Council and Cork County Council are working together through the Major Emergency Framework Structures