THERE was a very significant increase in the number of Covid-19 related deaths notified today with 45 additional fatalities compared to just one yesterday.
41 of the deaths occurred this month with four dating back to January.
There was a reduction in the number of cases, however, with 575 confirmed today compared to 686 yesterday.
A total of 4,181people have now lost their lives to the coronavirus in Ireland with 216,300 known cases of the virus confirmed since the outset of the pandemic.
As has been the case throughout the past week, less than five cases were reported in Kerry once again this Tuesday and this county still has the lowest 14-day incidence in the country.
The incidence rate for Kerry is 44.7 cases per 100,000 population with 66 cases reported in the past fortnight.
Early this morning 693 patients were being treated in hospital for coronavirus related complications with 150 in intensive care. There have been 37 additional hospitalisations linked to the virus in the past 24 hours.
Of the cases notified today, 298 are female and 272 are male with 68 per cent under 45 years of age. The median age of those affected is 32.
218 of the newly diagnosed cases are in Dublin, 38 in Galway, 35 in Louth, 27 in Limerick and 26 in Westmeath with the remaining 231 cases spread across 20 other counties.