There have been two further deaths from Covid-19 reported here, the Department of Health has confirmed. This brings the total number of deaths to 1,740.

Nine additional confirmed cases of coronavirus bring the total number of cases here to 25,498. 

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, said: "Ireland's 14 day incidence of Covid-19 is now less than three cases per 100,000. This is amongst the lowest in Europe and demonstrates that the disease remains suppressed in our communities.

"The key to maintaining this status is responsible individual behaviours and avoiding any complacency."

"HIQA's report on mortality today demonstrates that we have comprehensively recorded deaths relating to Covid-19 in Ireland by following the recommended WHO approach.

"We have consistently recorded and published data on all deaths where a person had Covid-19 or was suspected to have Covid-19.

"This reporting gives us a robust understanding of the impact of the disease in Ireland and continues to inform our response."

Two more coronavirus-related deaths were also notified in Northern Ireland, bringing the overall total there to 554. Another four people tested positive, with the number of confirmed cases of the virus in the North now at 5,747.

Results of contact tracing app trial being analysed

The HSE has said the results from a trial of the contact tracing app, aimed at controlling the spread of Covid-19 are being collated and analysed. 

1,485 gardaí took part in field testing the app during the month of June.        

A spokesperson for the HSE said the launch of the app is now subject to government approval and that it has passed through the Apple and Google review process.  

They said a communications campaign will run to promote the app, to inform people how to use it while also providing information on how it helps and supports contact tracing for people who test positive for the coronavirus.

The campaign will also provide information on privacy and data protection.  

The HSE spokesperson said the results of the garda field test and the results from over 8,000 other tests carried out in a variety of laboratory and real-world settings will be published as soon as the reports are available.

Yesterday, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan revealed he was "taking time out" from his work commitments to be with his family as his wife Emer, who has cancer, has been admitted to palliative care.

He said he wanted to give his "energy, attention and all of my time" to his wife and their two teenage children.

Earlier today, the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Innovation and Science announced a €4.8m investment in the immunology of Covid-19 at Trinity College Dublin.

Simon Harris said this will help to investigate key questions, such as why some people are more susceptible to the virus than others.

"What we're trying to do here is invest in our best and brightest to come up with theses answers," he said.

"Why are some people more susceptible to the virus than others? How long might someone be immune if they've had it? Can we develop an effective antibody test and deploy that?

"These are some of the big questions that have a real and meaningful impact in terms of how we live alongside the virus."

The project, which is also supported by Allied Irish Bank, will deploy rapid anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibody testing in high priority healthcare workers, and in the general community, to identify individuals that might be 'immune' and therefore safe to return to work.

Professor of Experimental Immunology at Trinity College, Kingston Mills, said a better understanding of the immune response to the virus will assist in the design of an effective vaccine, which he said is the best long-term approach for containing the virus and preventing a recurrence.