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68 infections in Kerry over the past fortnight

There have been 19 additional people infected with the coronavirus in Kerry in the past 24 hours

NINETEEN new cases of coronavirus have been reported in Kerry today – the highest number in the county for a number of weeks.

It brings to 68 the total number of infections in Kerry over the past fortnight but the county still has the lowest 14-day incidence rate in the country.

Nationally today, 13 further deaths were confirmed and 738 new cases. It brings the number of fatalities to 4,313 and the number of known infections to 218,980.

10 of the deaths occurred in February, one in January, one in October and the date of one other death remains under investigation.

Early this morning, 550 patients were in hospital due to Covid-19 with of 135 of them in intensive care.

There have been 27 additional coronavirus related hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Of the cases notified today, 378 are female and 356 are male with 71 per cent under 45 years of age. The median age of those affected is 32 years.

311 of the newly diagnosed cases are in Dublin, 54 in Limerick, 36 in Cork, 34 in Offaly and  33 in Donegal with the remaining 270 cases  spread across 20 other counties, including the 19 in Kerry.