THERE has been a sharp rise in the number of deaths and new cases of Covid-19 in the country.
Public health officials have confirmed six more fatalities to bring the total number of deaths related to the disease to 1,743.
Additionally, 23 more cases have been detected and that sees the number of people that have been infected with the virus rise to 25,565.
There has been no new case reported in Kerry this Thursday and the outbreak of coronavirus in the county is still being contained at 310.
Department of Health Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, said 15 of today’s confirmed cases are directly or indirectly related to travel and he reiterated the plea that all non-essential travel overseas should be avoided.
“In addition, 77 per cent of cases reported today are under 25 years of age,” he said.
“Covid-19 is extremely infectious and none of us are immune. It is important that we all continue to follow public health advice and risk assess our actions,” Dr Glynn stated.
Senior health officials have reported an increase in the number of reported cases over the last two weeks and the essential R-number – the average number of people that one infected person will pass the virus on to – is now at or above one.
“There is an immediate need for all of us to take care and caution in our decisions and actions,” a spokesman said.
The Department of Health has now recommended that all visitors to healthcare settings, including hospitals, GP practices and pharmacies, should wear face coverings.
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