39 New Kerry Cases, 1,205 COVID-19 Cases Reported Nationally This Evening

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KERRY has seen a rise of 39 cases in the health authorities daily update this evening.

The incidence in the county over the past 14 days is now 178 per 100,000 (16th highest nationally) with 264 cases confirmed in the same period.

The official number of COVID-19 cases in the county rose by 14 to reflect yesterday’s increase, which brings the number to 617 since the start of the pandemic with today’s 39 cases to be added tomorrow.

1,205 new cases over the past 24 hours confirmed nationally by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) this evening.

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288 are in Dublin, 173 in Cork, 123 in Meath, 97 in Galway, 63 in Cavan with the remaining 461 spread across all remaining counties. 71% are under 45 years of age.

The number of people who have tested positive for the virus in the Republic of Ireland so far, now stands at 46,429.

There were three additional deaths from the virus reported this evening in Ireland. The total number of people who have died after contracting COVID-19 is 1,838.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “There has been further increases across all key indicators of COVID-19 and the growth rate of the epidemic has accelerated since NPHET last met. Cases notified over the past week have increased by 82% compared with the previous 7 days, from 3,514 to 6,382 cases.

“The positivity rate over the past 7 days is now 6.2% and is continuing to increase. The 14-day incidence in those aged 65 years and older has increased from 92.9 per 100,000 population on 7 October to 125 per 100,000 population on 14 October.

“The number of hospitalisations are increasing faster than the exponential growth modelling predicted. This indicates a rapidly deteriorating disease trajectory nationally.”

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