No further deaths related to the coronavirus have been recorded in the Republic of Ireland for the fourth day in a row – for the first time since early March.
But cases have risen again in Co Galway, with two new positive test results being confirmed in the latest figures available. 495 people have now tested positive in the county for the disease.
Nationally, the NPHET said that a total of 14 new cases have been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 25,942.
Dr Ronan Glynn said that eleven of today’s cases were close contacts of confirmed cases and half of these cases had no symptoms.
“If you are concerned that you have been in contact with a confirmed case please come forward for testing. Do not wait for symptoms to emerge,” he said.
The acting Chief Medical Officer added that there are just eight confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the hospital system, the lowest number since early March.
“However, across Europe the pandemic appears to be accelerating once again,” he said.
“We have an opportunity to avoid a similar scenario here. We must take it by focusing once again on keeping our distance, washing our hands, wearing face coverings and continuing to make safe decisions that will protect ourselves, our friends, our families. No one is safe unless everyone is safe.”