Three more people in the Republic have sadly lost their lives due to coronavirus-related illness.
Health officials have today confirmed a further eight new cases of Covid-19 have also been diagnosed.
The total number of people in this country who have died from coronavirus is now 1,710.
The total number of cases, since the outbreak began in March, has reached 25,341.
Minister for Health Simon Harris has said the reproductive rate of Covid-19 is estimated to be 0.7. The reproduction, or ‘R’ rate, is the number of people that a single infected person will go on to infect. A reproduction rate of 0.7 for the virus means that every 10 people infected with Covid-19 will infect seven others.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet tomorrow (Thursday 18 June) to continue its review of Ireland’s ongoing response and preparedness to COVID-19. NPHETs advice in relation to rephasing of the Roadmap to Reopening Society and Business will be reviewed, in the context of ongoing suppression of the disease in the community and overall compliance with public health measures.”
Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “Our recovery rate is 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.”