Kerry COVID-19 Cases Increases By One, Three Deaths Reported Nationally This Evening

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KERRY was not among the counties seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases reported over the past 24 hours, but its total official number of cases since the start of the pandemic rose by one to 343 this evening, to reflect the increase reported yesterday.

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

51 are in Dublin, 6 in Offaly, 5 in Kildare and the remaining 22 cases are located in Cork, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Meath, Roscommon, Tipperary, Westmeath and Wicklow.

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32 are men and 52 are women. 66% are under 45 years of age and 30% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case. Eight cases have been identified as community transmission.

The number of people who have tested positive for the virus in the Republic of Ireland so far, now stands at 30,164.

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 1,781.

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said; “While the reproduction number for Ireland as a whole is close to 1.0, the reproduction number for Dublin alone is approximately 1.4. We are seeing increasing case numbers in Dublin, growing close to 5% per day. If this were to continue, the number of cases would double every 14 days. Given the size of Dublin’s population it is essential we prevent any further spread now – by limiting our social contacts and taking precautions during any essential contacts.”

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