The Department of Health has announced that there have been no further deaths linked to Covid-19 for the second day in a row.

The death toll here remains at 1,746.

The department also confirmed an additional 11 cases of the virus, bringing the total number of cases here to 25,638.

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said the five-day average number of cases now stands at 20.

He also outlined countries from which people recently diagnosed as having the virus had travelled from.

"Countries from which people returned and subsequently tested positive - since the beginning of June - include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Germany, India, Iraq, Malaysia, Pakistan, Portugal, Qatar, Sudan, Sweden, Ukraine, the UAE, UK and the United States," he said.

Asked about tourists arriving into Ireland, he told a press briefing that "it's not a message that people are not welcome, but they are just not welcome at this moment".

Dr Glynn added: "People should not assume that an accent is necessarily associated with a tourist.

"There are people from all nationalities living in this country so people should not make inappropriate assumptions."

He said it was not practical to close off all travel to Ireland, as the pandemic could be with us for some time, but "we want to shut down all but essential travel".

Dr Glynn said he can confirm there has been a cluster associated with Co Kerry.

"People do not need to worry unduly, there have been clusters in many counties around the country and our public health teams are on top of those," he said.

He urged people who had been identified as being a close contact of someone who had been confirmed as having Covid-19 to "please go and get tested".


Asked about the planned reopening of pubs on 20 July, Dr Glynn said there was still a week to go before that decision was made.

"It is too early to commit to pubs reopening. We are concerned about the increase in cases in the past five days," he said.

There have been no new Covid-19 cases associated with vulnerable groups, including the Roma and Travelling communities, and people in homeless accommodation and direct provision.

Two new clusters associated with workplaces were identified and 18 cases.

Dr Siobhán Ní Bhriain, consultant psychiatrist and Integrated Care Lead, HSE said health professionals did not want people to be afraid to go to their doctor with Covid-19 symptoms if, for example, they had been to a house party.

"We are not in the business of blame. If you have symptoms do not delay in going to your doctor, they are not going to give out to you."

Public transport companies are reporting a high compliance rate for the new face covering regulations that came into effect today to help curb the transmission of coronavirus.

The new regulations provide for fines of up to €2,500 and six months' imprisonment for not wearing a face covering on trains, trams and buses when the case is brought to court by gardaí.

Earlier today, the World Health Organization warned that too many countries were going in the wrong direction in dealing with the pandemic and there could be no going back to normality any time soon.

"I want to be straight with you: there will be no return to the 'old normal' for the foreseeable future," Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news briefing.

There has been one further death linked to Covid-19 in Northern Ireland, taking the official death toll there to 556. This follows a week of no deaths being reported there.

Sixteen news cases have been recorded in Northern Ireland, with its total confirmed number of Covid-19 cases now standing at 5,788.