15 further Covid-19 deaths confirmed, 92 new cases 1 month ago

15 further Covid-19 deaths confirmed, 92 new cases

1,533 people have now died from coronavirus since the pandemic began.

15 further people have died in relation to Covid-19, while another 92 new cases have been confirmed in Ireland.

The Department of Health's figures released on Saturday evening mean that 1,533 people have now died, and the total number of people infected since the beginning of the outbreak has risen to 24,048.

Chief Medical Officer Doctor Tony Holohan said on Saturday evening: "Today is the first time we have seen the number of confirmed cases fall below 100 since mid-March."

He continued: "While the past nine weeks have been particularly difficult for those cocooning, and for parents with young children, today's numbers give reassurance that we have all learned and adopted new behaviours of handwashing, respiratory etiquette and social distance that will serve us well as we work together to re-open retail, business and society."

These figures were released just two days before the beginning of Phase 1 of Ireland's roadmap to recovery.

Phase 1 (18 May) will allow outdoor meetings between people from different households, and a phased return of outdoor workers, among other things.

Holohan also outlined that despite Ireland's safety measures being eased, that we are still at risk of undoing the hard work done over the past number of weeks.