DUBLIN, Ireland - Ireland must do everything possible to avoid a second wave of the coronavirus, Ireland's chief medical officer said Sunday.
The warning came as the virus appears to be peaking in Ireland with only one death overnight, and restrictions have begun to be relaxed.
There have now been a total of 1,650 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland, and with 77 new cases reported in the 24 hours to Monday, the total number of cases has risen to 25,062.
"We have now had more than 25,000 cases of COVID-19 in Ireland and while 90% of patients have recovered, more than 3,285 people have been hospitalised and sadly 1,650 have died," Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health said Monday.
"COVID-19 is a new disease, for which we have no vaccine and we have no cure."
"As restrictions ease and we begin to resume social and economic life, we must do all we can to prevent a second wave," Dr Holohan said. "It is vital that we continue to practice hand and cough hygiene and social distancing, with the additional hygiene measure of face coverings in appropriate settings."
"It is important to give space to our vulnerable people when out and about," the country's chief medical officer said.
"We must continue to do all we can to interrupt the spread of this virus."