DUBLIN, Ireland - A surge in deaths in Irteland related to Covid-19 has pushed the toll to 1,631.
Seventeen people died in the 24 hours to midnight Wednesday.
The number of new cases notified was 73. There is now a total of 24,803 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
"To date, 90% of confirmed cases diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered. But we cannot afford to stop the hard work involved in suppressing this virus," Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said Wednesday.
"COVID-19 is a new disease. Ireland and the world understand more about the virus now than we did at the outset of this crisis. What we do know is that hand washing, social distancing and knowing when to self-isolate do work."
"These measures are the most effective tool we have to keep this virus suppressed and keep up this recovery rate. We know that the vast majority of Irish people understand this, and that they are staying the course with us as we continue to keep case numbers as low as possible," Dr Holohan said.
Dr, Siobhn Kennelly, HSE National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead for Older Persons added :
"COVID-19 is having an impact on everyone in Ireland. We understand that as the country reopens in phases, people may be anxious. If we all maintain social distance, wash our hands well and often and know when to self-isolate, together we will keep this virus suppressed."
Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:
"What we do today has a direct effect on tomorrow. In order to prevent any second wave of COVID-19 from occurring, we need to remain vigilant and cautious. Continuing to follow the core public health advice is the best way to protect our most vulnerable now and in future."