DUBLIN, Ireland - As Ireland prepares to go into the second phase of the recovery period, hospital admissions have begun falling, and the recovery rate has pushed to 90%.
Only 39 new Covid-19 cases were reported overnight, although there have been six more deaths.
As of midnight Thursday night there are now a total of 24,876 cases, while the death toll stood at 1,645.
"As we approach the last week of Phase 1 it is encouraging to see ICU and hospital admissions declining, the number of new cases remaining stable and a 90% recovery rate in the community," Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said Friday.
"Moving into next week, I would urge everyone to look back at the progress we have made over the past number of weeks and maintain our efforts to suppress COVID-19 into the future."
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, added: "Over the bank holiday weekend, we encourage everyone to enjoy the warm weather within recommended guidelines."
"Public health advice currently recommends outdoor meetings of up to 4 people outside of your household, at a physical distance of 2 metres and within 5km of your home."
Dr Siobhn Ni Bhriain, Consultant Psychiatrist and HSE Integrated Care Lead, said;
"As we emerge out of our homes social distancing can pose real challenges for all, especially those in our vulnerable groups who may be enjoying the outdoors for the first time in weeks. Protect each other by keeping a 2 metre distance."