262 New Kerry Cases, 8,248 More Reported Nationally

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THERE were 262 new COVID-19 cases reported for Kerry in the health authorities’ daily update this evening. There were 20 additional deaths reported nationally and 8,248 new cases.

The incidence in the county over the past 14 days is now 924.8 per 100,000 with 1,366 cases in the same period.

The official number of COVID-19 cases in the county since the start of the pandemic is now 2,774, which is an increase of 117 since yesterday, with today’s cases to be added tomorrow.

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8,248 new cases over the past 24 hours were confirmed nationally by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) this evening.

3,013 in Dublin, 1,374 in Cork, 538 in Limerick, 314 in Kildare, 310 in Donegal and the remaining 2,699 cases are spread across all other counties

The number of people who have tested positive for the virus in the Republic of Ireland so far, now stands at 135,884.

There were 20 further deaths from the virus reported this evening in Ireland. The total number of people who have died after contracting COVID-19 is 2,327.

As of 2pm today, 1,180 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 109 are in ICU. There have been 116 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

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Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “Three cases of a new variant of COVID-19 recently identified in South Africa have been confirmed in Ireland today by whole genome sequencing. All of the cases identified are directly associated with recent travel from South Africa.

“Anyone who has travelled from South Africa recently is advised to self-isolate for 14 days and identify themselves through a GP for testing as soon as possible.

“We are particularly advising healthcare workers travelling from South Africa, that it is essential that they self-isolate for 14 days before entering/re-entering the workplace.

“While this variant has not yet been identified in many European countries we believe the identification here reflects the extent of genome sequencing surveillance in Ireland.”

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One Comment

  1. Matty O'Leary says:

    Lock us down, why?

    More than 54,000 people flew into State over festive period:

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/more-than-54-000-people-flew-into-state-over-festive-period-1.4453610

    This is how a state of continuous lockdowns are made and a mass vaccination program needed.

    No Thanks 🙂

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