1,645 new cases in Kerry in two weeks

THERE were 1,645 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Kerry in the 14-day period up to Monday last.

A total of 347 cases were confirmed in the Killarney Municipal District  which represents an incidence rate of 1,172 per 100,000 population.

Over the same 14-day period, there were 375 new cases diagnosed in Tralee, 337 in the Kenmare electoral area, 264 in Listowel, 187 in Castleisland and 135 in Corca Dhuibhne.

Nationally today, 4,650 new cases of the disease were confirmed with 643 people being treated for the virus in hospital and 118 of those in intensive care.

Department of Health Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, said approximately one in six people in Ireland experienced Covid like symptoms such as cough, sore throat, high temperature or other ‘flu-like symptoms in the past week.

“The single most important action you can take if you experience any symptoms of Covid-19 is to self-isolate and arrange a PCR test – not an antigen test,” he said.

“If you want to avoid passing Covid-19 or other respiratory illnesses on to your friends, family or work colleagues, rapidly self-isolating as soon as your symptoms begin is the most important thing you can do.”