Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

17.54 21 May 2020


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There have been another 12 coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic.

76 new cases of the virus have also been confirmed today.

It brings the total number of cases confirmed here since the outbreak began to 24,391, while the number of deaths now stands at 1,583.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, said: “We have experienced six consecutive days of under 100 new confirmed cases in Ireland.

"This is very positive and demonstrates the extent to which the public’s actions have limited the spread of this disease.

"However, it is only through continued commitment to hand washing, respiratory etiquette and physical distancing that we will remain successful in suppressing the spread of COVID-19 through the community.”

Earlier, Health Minister Simon Harris said the reproductive rate of the virus remains stable at around 0.5.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, meanwhile, told the Dáil that COVID-19 in the community has been effectively suppressed.

He said the Government will make a decision on whether the country can move to phase two on Friday June 5th.

He said: "There has been broad compliance with the five rules and the four steps - so I want to say thank you to the Irish people.

"We need to stay vigilant - we really won't know until the first week of June whether the easing of the restrictions has increased the reproduction number, or to what extent".

Main image: File photo of Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews.ie

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