12 New Kerry COVID-19 Cases Reported This Evening

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KERRY has seen a rise of 12 COVID-19 cases in the health authorities’ daily update this evening. There was one additional death reported nationally.

The incidence in the county over the past 14 days is now 129 per 100,000 with 191 cases in the same period.

The official number of COVID-19 cases in the county rose by three to reflect yesterday’s increase, which brings the number to 1,255 since the start of the pandemic, with today’s cases to be added tomorrow.

378 new cases over the past 24 hours were confirmed nationally by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) this evening.

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124 cases were in Dublin, 34 in Donegal, 23 in Louth, 19 in Cork, 19 in Limerick and the remaining 159 cases are spread across 20 other counties.

The number of people who have tested positive for the virus in the Republic of Ireland so far, now stands at 67,903.

There was one additional death from the virus reported this evening in Ireland. The total number of people who have died after contracting COVID-19 is 1,979.

As of 2pm today, 249 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU. There have been 5 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

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Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The average daily 5 day case count is rising and is now over 400 per day. This is a worrying development which has persisted for the last few days. We are seeing a number of things which concern us. There are examples of small numbers of people congregating for social purposes and simply ignoring the important public health messages. They are putting our collective progress at risk.

“We are also seeing a number of outbreaks across the country. These include outbreaks in association with funerals. We understand that this is a difficult time for families but it is really important that we do everything we can to avoid the circumstances which promote transmission of the virus.

“There have also been outbreaks associated with workplace settings. As we head into a new working week, we need to stay at home other than for essential reasons and for personal exercise within 5km. Anyone who can work from home, should work from home.”

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