IT has been another day in which less than five cases of Covid-19 infection were reported in Kerry, ensuring the incidence rate in the county remains by far the lowest in the country at 35.2 per 100,000 population.
Nationally, however, a further 29 deaths have been confirmed and an additional 776 cases of the virus have been notified.
A total of 17 of the deaths occurred in February and 12 date back to January and the total number of fatalities since the outset of the pandemic currently stands at 4,300.
The median age of those who died was 77 years and the age range of the latest fatalities was from was 29 to 95 years.
The total number of people known to have been infected with the virus is now 218,251.
Early this Friday morning 574 patients with Covid-19 complications were in hospital with 136 in intensive care. There were been 24 additional patients admitted to the hospital due to cononavirus in the past 24 hours.
Of the cases notified today, 394 are male and 379 are female with 67 per cent under 45 years of age.
278 of the newly diagnosed cases are in Dublin, 69 in Galway, 57 in Meath, 52 in Kildare and 48 in Donegal with the remaining 272 cases spread across all other counties.