DUBLIN, Ireland - The Health Protection Surveillance Centre in Ireland has reported some grim news.
An additional nine people have died as a result of the coronavirus in the 24 hours to 11:00am on Tuesday.
There have now been a total 1,615 deaths in Ireland attributed to the virus.
Meantime testing is being accelerated.
"As of midnight Monday 25 May, 325,795 tests have been carried out, "Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said Tuesday.
"Over the past week, 30,169 tests were carried out and of these 633 were positive, giving a positivity rate of 2.1%."
NPHET will meet on Thursday 28th May where further consideration will be given to broadening the case definition, an HPSC statement said.