After more than a year of bad news on the Covid-19 front, latest indicators strongly point to a reduction in the spread of the virus.
The HSE is buoyed by the latest figures which show a significant improvement on the situation from just a few weeks ago.
The Executive point to the numbers in hospital with related Covid-19 ailments at 104, which is a 20 per cent reduction, with the numbers in intensive care falling to 32 in that time.
This week, only two hospitals across the county have 10 or more patients with the disease.
The five-day moving average of cases is 425, whereas a week ago it was stubborningly stuck at just under 500.
This is in comparison to the height of the third wave in January when there were over 2,000 confirmed cases in hospitals.
And in the vaccination programme, latest figures show that over 1.8 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines were administered by the Health Service Executive up to last Saturday, 8 May.
Yesterday the Department of Health revealed there had been no Covid-related deaths while the incident of new cases was down to 381.