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No COVID-19 related deaths have been recorded in Ireland in 24 hours for the second time since the end of May while no extra cases have been reported in Co Clare.

Data provided from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) on Monday (June 15th) has confirmed that no further deaths have been recorded in the Republic of Ireland. It is the second time this has occurred since the outbreak of the virus, the last instance being on May 25th. 1,706 people have died from the virus in the country.

Of those that have died, 91.8% had underlying conditions, 41.6% occurred in hospital settings and 5% in ICU. 55% (943) of the individuals to have died were nursing home residents.

“We have seen no excess in mortality since the beginning of May,” Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan stated. He maintained that Ireland is reporting its mortality experience “much more honestly” than other countries.

An additional 18 cases have been recorded bringing to 25,301 the total amount of individuals diagnosed. There are approximately 900 active cases across the country. No new clusters have been recorded in Direct Provision Centres or of members of the Traveller Community or the Roma Community. The amount of cases associated to meat processing plants has increased by 11.

There have been no ICU admissions in Ireland since June 9th. A total of 417 people have been admitted to ICU since the outbreak while 23 persons remain there.

Co Clare has not reported an increase in confirmed cases for the fourth day in succession. 369 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the county to date.

According to research from the Department of Health, “almost 1.7 million people are now reporting wearing face coverings in public places,” Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn stated. “This is an increase of 6 per cent or almost three hundred thousand people in a week and shows that the message is getting across”.

NPHET are in regular communication with the Department of Education on plans to reopen schools at the end of August, Dr Tony Holohan told Monday’s press briefing.

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