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240 new cases in Killarney in 14 days

Nationally today there were 3,161 additional cases of Covid-19 confirmed with 498 patients being treated for the disease in hospital

AS Covid-19 continues its relentless spread through all corners of Kerry, official figures show that there were a total of 1,492 new cases confirmed in the county in the 14-day period up to Monday last.

Of those, 240 were in the Killarney Municipal District, 373 were in Tralee and 283 were in the Kenmare electoral area.

There were 221 new cases detected in Castleisland, 256 in Listowel and 119 in orca Dhuibhne.

Nationally today there were 3,161 additional cases of Covid-19 confirmed with 498 patients being treated for the disease in hospital and 78 of those requires intensive care admission.

Dr Tony Holohan: “The importance of coming forward cannot be overstated”

Department of Health Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, encouraged anyone who has yet to be vaccinated to come forward as soon as possible.

“We know that vaccination provides our strongest defence against severe illness and hospitalisation. It is not too late to become part of our vaccinated pool of people,” he said.

The department is now boosting and offering a third vaccine dose to healthcare workers and people over the age of 60 and encouraging signs are emerging with the decreasing levels of infection among those age groups that have received their booster dose.

“The importance of coming forward cannot be overstated. If it is time for your booster, please come forward to receive that booster,” Dr Holohan said.

He also appealed to the public to continue to practice basic public health interventions to limit the spread of disease this winter, including hand washing, mask wearing, social distancing and staying at home if feeling unwell.