No covid-19 patients were reported to have died in the Republic yesterday for the first day since March,  while 18 further cases were confirmed here.

There was one additional confirmed case in Mayo, bring the number of cases in the county to 572. There was no increase in confirmed cases in the other four counties of Connaught.

It's emerged Ireland had more deaths than in a normal year in March and April -- but the Chief Medical Officer says that trend stopped in May.

He was responding to analysis published by the Business Post at the weekend based on death notices.

It argued Ireland's "excess deaths" up to the start of May were higher than in other European countries.

But Dr Tony Holohan says the elevated death rate here hasn't lingered the same way.

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