No Covid-19 related deaths reported but 24 new confirmed cases

672 people have been diagnosed with the virus in Westmeath. As of midnight on Wednesday, June 24, the latest date for which county figures are available, Kildare had 1,478 cases.

Nearly 500,000 people have lost their lives after getting the disease since the outbreak began.

Of this total, 420 (51.5%) took place in hospital, 340 (41.7%) in care homes, eight (1.0%) in hospices and 48 (5.9%) at residential addresses or other locations. They may or may not have previously tested positive for the virus.

In particular, once the number of new cases is sufficiently low in the presence of a robust testing programme and test/trace/protect strategy, the number of positive tests per day is likely to be a more important measure.

Dr Holohan said there was a "large number of contacts" linked to some people recently diagnosed with the virus, particularly among young people.

The previous government pledged to producing a "green list" by next month.

The chief medical officer has said he is deeply anxious at the prospect of greater foreign travel associated with easing restrictions next month.

It comes as Ireland re-opens further under phase three.

The Road Safety Authority says no date's been set yet for the restart of vehicle tests, but it's hoped they'll be up and running soon.

Persons aged 75 and over accounted for two-thirds (66.3%) of all deaths and 79.9% of COVID-19 related deaths registered this calendar year up to 19th June.

There is now a total of 25,462 confirmed cases in Ireland.

He said officials were "genuinely very concerned" about the increasing "role and risk of travel", RTÉ reports.

1,734 people have now died from the coronavirus in Ireland.

The latest figures from the Department come as CMO Dr Tony Holohan and Professor Nolan have warned against travel overseas following an increase in the number of imported cases from other countries over the past two weeks. A further 8 cases (35%) are in those aged between 35-54.