Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images

Ireland reported no new coronavirus deaths on Monday for the first time since March 21, the Irish Times reports.

Why it matters: Ireland's chief medical officer Tony Holohan said Monday that the declining number of new cases and reported deaths over the past week indicates that "we have suppressed Covid-19 as a country. It has taken strict measures to achieve this."

  • "It will take another week to see any effect on disease incidence that might arise from the easing of measures in Phase One," Holohan added.

The big picture: Ireland's success in combatting the virus comes as many other countries in Europe — including its neighbor the United Kingdom, which has the second-worst death toll in the world — have struggled with their outbreaks. Like many other countries, Ireland is now beginning to loosen its coronavirus restrictions.

The state of play: The Irish National Public Health Emergency Team reported 59 new cases of the coronavirus, with over 24,000 confirmed cases in total. Ireland's total number of deaths rests at just over 1,600.

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U.S. coronavirus updates

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Data: The COVID Tracking Project; Note: Does not include probable deaths from New York City; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

49% of U.S. adults said in a recent Pew survey they would not get a coronavirus vaccine if one were available today.

Why it matters: All major political and demographic groups said they are less likely to get a vaccine now than they were in May, although Republicans and Black adults are the least likely.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 6:15 p.m. ET: 30,611,684 — Total deaths: 953,820— Total recoveries: 20,836,867Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 6:15 p.m. ET: 6,756,781 — Total deaths: 199,090 — Total recoveries: 2,556,465 — Total tests: 93,150,052Map.
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  4. Health: The dwindling chances of eliminating COVID-19.
  5. World: Guatemalan president tests positive for COVID-19 — The countries painting their pandemic recoveries green.
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CDC report on COVID deaths underlines virus' danger

Continental Funeral Home in Los Angeles has been struggling to keep up with the demands of rising death rates during the pandemic. Photo: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A new Centers for Disease Control report shows 94% of people who died from COVID-19 in the U.S. had contributing health conditions.

Yes, but: Australian epidemiologist Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz noted in a blog post on Monday that the CDC finds COVID-19 was the underlying cause of 95% of all deaths related to the virus. Only in 5% of deaths has it been listed as a contributing cause.