65 New COVID-19 Kerry Cases, 63 Additional Deaths Reported

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THERE were 65 new COVID-19 cases reported for Kerry in the health authorities’ daily update this evening. There were  63 additional deaths reported nationally and 3,569 new cases.

Five of the deaths occurred in November, one in December, 56 in January and the date of one death remains under investigation.

The incidence of COVID-19 in the county over the past 14 days is now 1,111 per 100,000 with 1,641 cases in the same period. There are now 3,413 cases in Kerry since the start of the pandemic with today’s cases to be added tomorrow.

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3,569 new cases over the past 24 hours were confirmed nationally by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

1,119 are in Dublin, 416 in Cork, 200 in Galway, 182 in Louth, 169 in Waterford and the remaining 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 159,144.

There were 63 further deaths from the virus reported this evening in Ireland. The total number of people who have died after contracting COVID-19 is 2,460.

As of 2pm, 1,770 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 172 are in ICU. There have been 133 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

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Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “We are seeing some early signs of progress with daily case numbers and positivity rates. We can take some hope from them, but we have a long, long way to go.

In the coming weeks ahead, we will need to draw upon our reserves of resilience from springtime as we can expect to see hospitalisations, admissions to ICU and mortality related to COVID-19 increase day on day.

“The best way that we can all support one another now is to stay apart. Sadly, what we are seeing now is a result of the very high daily confirmed case numbers we experienced for successive weeks. To ensure our hospitals and loved ones remain protected, and stay alive to receive the vaccine, please continue to follow public health advice and stay home.

“At this challenging time, it is important to remind those that need acute care that hospitals are there for those that need them. No one should ignore any worrying signs they may need medical attention, such as lumps, chest pain or other new symptoms. Phone your GP if you have any concerns, not just those related to COVID-19.”

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