DUBLIN, Ireland - It was six months to the day on Tuesday since the novel Coronavirus first appeared on the international radar.
The impact on Ireland is that 25,473 Irish citizens and residents have become infected, and 1,736 have died,
Fortunately the pace of cases and deaths has slowed with the latest count being the registering of 11 new cases, and one death.
As of midnight Monday 29th June, 429,698 tests have been carried out. Over the past week, 24,607 tests were carried out. 116 tests were positive, giving a positivity rate of 0.5%.
"Today marks 6 months since the WHO first received reports of what we now know to be COVID-19, Dr. Tony Holohan, Ireland's Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health said late Tuesday.
"Since then, there have been more than 10 million cases and 500,000 deaths reported worldwide."
"We know more about this virus and how to limit its spread than we did 6 months ago. It is very important that we keep up the national effort to reduce the impact of this disease in our country," Dr. Holohan said.
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, added:
"Each person should risk assess their own environment to inform their personal decisions and actions during this pandemic.
We know how this virus spreads, we know the public health behaviours required to protect ourselves and others, we must continue to be aware of the disease and limit its spread."