As of Tuesday, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services figures show a cumulative 32,038 lab-confirmed coronavirus cases in Mecklenburg since mid-March.
In this number were Limerick's 74 new cases, while 10 new confirmed instances of Covid-19 were reported in Tipperary, 26 in Clare and 28 in Kerry.
As of 2pm today, 312 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 34 are in ICU.
That it took nearly as long to double the caseload to 200,000 suggests public health measures slowed the virus's spread to some degree in that time, Pakes said.
"We don't have a lot of time to prepare but we're feeling apprehensive". It's only when the recommendation was made again in recent days that the government opted for Level 5.
"This virus would transmit - left to its own devices, as it were - with a retrodictive number probably between four and five". More than half of those people who have died from COVID-19 locally were connected to "active outbreaks" in long-term care facilities or nursing homes.
"But we have control over what that wave looks like ... there continues to be COVID-19 transmission in many parts of our province, and we know that this is expected".
"Though the numbers are high and continue to increase at an accelerated pace, it is important to remember that the vast majority of Canadians remain susceptible to COVID-19", Tam said in a statement, urging Canadians to continue taking individual precautions to slow the spread of the virus.
It is followed by Meath, Monaghan, Sligo, Westmeath and Donegal.
Tipperary has the lowest 14-day incidence rate of 114.7.
And in the Republic, the Taoiseach said tough new lockdown measures to come into force in the early hours of Thursday are among the "strictest in Europe".
Main image: Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer, during a briefing at the Department of Health in Dublin.