Relief as no new deaths reported, face coverings may be made mandatory in some public spaces
There have been no new additional deaths of people with Covid-19 reported in Ireland in the last 24 hours.
The hugely welcome news came as the Department of Health confirmed 18 new cases of the coronavirus this evening.
It means the overall death toll as a result of the virus remains at 1,706. There are now 25,321 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the country, according to the latest daily briefing from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).
The latest cases were confirmed as the Government earlier signalled it may make the use of the face coverings mandatory in settings where social distancing is difficult.
A new public awareness campaign was launched today to encourage more people to voluntarily wear non-medical masks.
Experts say cloth face coverings can help to prevent the spread of Covid-19 by containing droplets from people who could be infected with the virus.
It is recommended face coverings are used in shops, on public transport and when visiting people who are aged over 70 and those who are medically vulnerable.
However, people were again reminded that face coverings are an additional measure to other public health guidelines, which must also be followed. These include include regular hand washing, coughing and sneezing etiquette and obeying the two-metre social distancing rule.