53 New COVID-19 Cases Reported For Kerry, 46 Additional Deaths Nationally

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THERE were 53 new COVID-19 cases reported for Kerry in the health authorities’ daily update this evening. There were 46 additional deaths reported nationally and 3,086 new cases.

Two of the deaths occurred in December and the remaining 44 in January.

The incidence of COVID-19 in the county over the past 14 days is now 1,088 per 100,000 with 1,607 cases in the same period. There are now 3,362 cases in Kerry since the start of the pandemic with today’s cases to be added tomorrow.

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3,086 new cases over the past 24 hours were confirmed nationally by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

604 cases are in Galway, 574 in Dublin, 466 in Mayo, 187 in Cork, 138 in Limerick and the remaining 1,117 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 155,591.

There were 46 further deaths from the virus reported this evening in Ireland. The total number of people who have died after contracting COVID-19 is 2,397.

As of 2pm today, 1,692 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 158 are in ICU. There have been 128 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

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Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “Unfortunately this evening we are seeing the effect of the recent surge of infections reflected in the increased mortality we are reporting.

Unfortunately, due to the unsustainably high level of COVID-19 infection we have experienced as a country over the past few weeks, sadly these figures are likely to continue for the next period of time.

What we can do today, out of respect of those who have lost their lives and those currently in hospital or ICU – and those caring for them – is to hold firm and stay home.”

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “At least one in three patients admitted to hospital or critical care in January have been under the age of 65 years. This clearly demonstrates that COVID-19 affects us all, regardless of age or underlying condition. It highlights the need for us all to protect one another by staying at home.

Not only will you keep yourself and your loved ones safe, but also help avoid more preventable COVID-19 admissions to our currently struggling healthcare system.”

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