Ireland has passed the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic this year, according to the Deputy Chief Medical Officer.
Dr Ronan Glynn says he's hopeful people won't have to go through what they went through in January, again.
NPHET's reporting "steady progress" against all indicators of the disease, with the latest figures showing 829 new cases and 6 deaths.
Meanwhile, the numbers in public hospitals are down 46 percent from the peak to 1,100, while 173 are in ICU.
Dr Ronan Glynn says there are many reasons to be optimistic; 'We have already passed what is the worst of this disease this year and that we will not have to go back through what we went through in January again. I think there are many reasons to have confidence that that's the case; the performance of the population over the past number of weeks and their willingness to keep going with these measures, on top of that we have the vaccination being rolled out