Day five of less than five cases in Kerry

There have been 51 people admitted to hospital due to the disease in the past 24 hours

ALTHOUGH no fatalities were reported yesterday, for the first time since last December, a further 33 Covid-19 related deaths were notified today to bring the death toll from the virus to 3,980.

A total of 31 of the deaths occurred in February and two date back to January.

An additional 744 cases were confirmed but, on a more positive local note, the number of positive tests returned for Kerry was less than five for the fifth day in a row.

There have now been 211,113 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Early this Tuesday morning, 861 patients with Coviv-19 were being treated in hospital with 159 in intensive care. There were 51 additional admissions linked to the virus in the past 24 hours.

Of the cases notified today, 373 are male and 366 are female with 68 per cent under 45 years of age. The median age of those affected is 31.

Of the newly diagnosed cases, 301 are in Dublin, 77 in Galway, 37 in Waterford, 36 in Offaly and 32 in Kildare with the remaining 261 cases spread across all other counties, including Kerry which was one of just four counties with less than five cases; the others being Donegal, Longford and Cavan.

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