Three more deaths, 8 new cases of COVID

Reproductive number of virus is 0.7
  • Deborah Condon

Three more people with COVID-19 have died in the Republic.

Two deaths that had been previously been classed as COVID-related have been denotified, so the total number of deaths now stands at 1,710.

Just eight new cases of the virus have been confirmed, while one case has been denotified, bringing the total number of cases here to 25,341.

Data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre shows that of the 25,333 cases reported to it as of midnight on June 15, 3,278 cases have been hospitalised and of these, 417 have been admitted to ICU.

Some 8,144 cases are associated with healthcare workers, which is 32% of all cases.

According to the Department of Health's deputy chief medical officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, Ireland's recovery rate from the virus is currently at 92%.

"This and other indicators such as the reproductive number, hospital admissions and ICU admissions are stable or moving in the right direction. This is good news that has been achieved through the collective efforts of every person who has followed public health advice," he commented.

Earlier today, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, said that the reproductive number of the virus is estimated to be 0.7. He described this as "good news", given that the country is now reopening.

"Once it remains below one, we are continuing to suppress the virus," he noted.

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