Two more people with COVID-19 have died in the Republic, bringing the number of deaths here to 1,740.
A further 15 cases of the virus have also been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases here to 25,498.
There are currently 20 confirmed cases in hospital, 10 of whom are in ICU. Since the pandemic began, 3,307 people have been hospitalised, 436 of these in ICU.
To date, almost 446,000 tests have been completed, including more than 31,000 in the last week.
"Ireland's 14-day incidence of COVID-19 is now less than three cases per 100,000. This is among the lowest in Europe and demonstrates that the disease remains suppressed in our communities. The key to maintaining this status is responsible individual behaviours and avoiding any complacency," commented the Department of Health's acting chief medical officer, Dr Ronan Glynn.
Earlier today, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) published a report which suggested that the official death toll from COVID-19 may have been overestimated in Ireland (for more on that, click here).
According to Dr Glynn, HIQA's report "demonstrates that we have comprehensively recorded deaths relating to COVID-19 in Ireland by following the recommended World Health Organization (WHO) approach".
"We have consistently recorded and published data on all deaths where a person had COVID-19 or was suspected to have COVID-19. This reporting gives us a robust understanding of the impact of the disease in Ireland and continues to inform our response," he said.
Phase 3 of the easing of COVID restrictions is now in place. For more on this, click here.
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