There are no new confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland today, the Department of Health has announced.
This is the first time no new deaths were reported since March.
The first death was reported on March 11 and a total of 1,606 people have died after contracting the coronavirus in the Republic.
A further 59 cases were confirmed at this evening’s briefing, bringing the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 24,698.
Dr Tony Holohan stressed that there is a drop in reported deaths over weekends. He warned, “There’s always a weekend effect in terms of reporting, so I seem to recall there were four deaths last Monday, and the following day there was maybe a jump."
He also stressed that we won’t know the effects entering Phase One will have on figures for another week.
An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been hit with waves of criticism after meeting friends in the Phoenix Park over the weekend. He was spotted with his partner Matt and two friends on Sunday afternoon.
People accused Varadkar of breaking the current COVID-19 restrictions, however, a representative stressed that he was complying with the current guidelines.
A Government spokesperson said that he was entitled to visit the park as it is within 5km of Stewards Lodge, where he is currently staying amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Taoiseach was in the Phoenix Park with his partner Matt and two friends on Sunday Afternoon, in line with public health guidance.”
“He was within 5km of the Stewards Lodge, where he is staying during the Covid Emergency."
Phase One of Ireland’s re-opening allows people to meet friends outside, within 5km of their home, once they’re following social distancing measures, including staying 2km apart.
Kate Garraway has praised her son and daughter for being so strong over the past few months. Their dad Derek has been in ICU since March and there's no doubt that they are absolutely petrified and overwhelmed by what is going on.
Alongside a video of her and her daughter Darcey at Clap for Carers, Kate shared, "I didn’t even know Darcey had bought this t shirt on line ( with my card !) until she emerged tonight but I do know how grateful she is to the #nhs – I couldn’t be prouder of how she & Billy have coped with these past 2 horrific months for our family – always finding ways of lifting our spirits & staying strong even when they can see me wobbling .
"Its so wonderful to see little green shoots of hope that this dreadful disease is easing and that hopefully soon we might all be able to see each other again and hug our nearest and dearest."
However, the presenter gave a heartbreaking update on her husband Derek's condition and revealed that there is still a long road ahead, "But the journey for me and my family seems to be far from over as everyday my heart sinks as I learn new & devastating ways this virus has more battles for Derek to fight. But he is still HERE & so there is still hope.
"My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to anyone who will be affected by this, not just for the next few weeks but for the foreseeable future. That will be the case for many who have suffered from the disease, but also the front line workers who have been helping to treat the worst affected.
"The physical and mental scars will run deep and so we need to stick together far beyond the end of lockdown. Thank you so much for all your messages."
Kate promised to share some of the kind messages she has received on her blog, "Sharing is such a comfort."