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‘Every time you physically interact with another person, you are providing an opportunity for the virus to spread’

The priority now is to ensure numerous outbreaks do not lead to further widespread community transmission

AS the country braces itself for an inevitable Level 5 lockdown – which is expected to be enforced sooner or later – it has been confirmed that the number of new Covid-19 cases in Kerry continues to rise.

A further nine cases were reported today and when added to the 37 infections yesterday, it brings the total number of people in the county that have contracted the virus since the pandemic began to 663.

A further three deaths were confirmed nationally this Friday bringing the number of fatalities linked to the coronavirus to 1,841.

Dr Tony Holohan: The numbers continue to rise

Another 1,000 cases were reported today and that sees the number of infections nationally rocketing to 47,427.

Of today’s cases, 520 are female, 478 are male and 71per cent are under 45 years of age. The median age of new victims is 31.

254 of today’s cases were in Dublin, 102 in Meath, 88 in Cork, 81 in Cavan and 75 in Galway with the remaining 400 cases spread across 20 counties – including Kerry.

As of 2.00pm today, 246 Covid-19 patients were hospitalised with 30 being treated in intensive care units. There have been 13 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Department of Health Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, expressed concern that case numbers are continuing to rise.

“Right now, we need everyone to cut their social contacts to an absolute minimum. Every time you physically interact with another person, you are providing an opportunity for the virus to spread,” he said.

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