WITH the majority of restrictions due to be lifted in the coming weeks, it has been confirmed that there were 13 patients being treated for Covid-19 in University Hospital Kerry this Thursday morning and, of those, two were in intensive care.
The most recent infection figures for the county show that close on 500 people were infected in a 14-day period up to the end of September.
In the Killarney municipal district there were 134 new cases confirmed in the 14-day period up to September 27, there were 152 in Tralee, 58 in the Kenmare electoral area, 54 in Castleisland, 54 in Listowel and 33 in Corca Dhuibhne.
Nationally yesterday evening 984 new cases of the virus were confirmed with 342 people in hospital due to the infection and 70 of those in intensive care.
To date, there have been a total of 5,280 deaths related to Covid-19 notified in Ireland, including 31 fatalities in the past week alone.
Up to yesterday there were a total of 7,243,489 doses of Covid-19 vaccine administered in Ireland.
From October 22 final restrictions will be lifted, including:
- Requirements for physical distancing
- Requirements for mask wearing outdoors and in indoor private settings
- Limits on numbers at indoor and outdoor events and activities
- Restrictions on religious or civil ceremonies
- Limits on numbers that can meet in private homes or gardens
- Certification of vaccination, immunity or testing as a prerequisite for access to activities or events with the exception of international travel
- Restrictions on high-risk activities such as nightclubs
Measures that will remain in place will include mask wearing in healthcare settings, indoor retail and on public transport and self-isolation if Covid-19 symptoms emerge.