A further 16 people with Covid-19 are reported to have died today, bringing to 1,561 the number of people in the state killed by the coronavirus.
There have been 51 additional confirmed cases of the virus, bringing the total to 24,251.
Despite broadening the case definition and increases in referrals the positivity rate has continued to decline. Tony Holohan said: "On the first day of Ireland moving into Phase One of reopening we have experienced the lowest number of deaths since March 27".
The release of the figures this evening follows the first full sitting of the Dáil COVID-19 committee earlier today.
They were discussing Ireland's response to the pandemic.
As usual, the HSE is working rapidly to trace any close contacts the new cases may have had, in order to further slow the spread of the virus.
· Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 60%, close contact accounts for 37%, travel overseas accounts for 3%.
Over the past seven days, 36,818 tests were carried out with 932 of these being positive, giving a positivity rate of 2.5%.
Northern Ireland gently eased its coronavirus restrictions on Monday, allowing small groups to meet outside and churchgoers to pray alone, broadly keeping pace with Ireland where a partial lifting of the lockdown began. "General Practice is open and has continued to be a vital point of access to healthcare for all during this pandemic".
On Friday, the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra) published their weekly figures showing that 599 deaths had been recorded, up to May 8.
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