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Health chiefs appeal to people to stay vigilant

Early this morning, 137 Covid-19 patients were in hospital with 37 in intensive care

ANOTHER seven Covid-19 related deaths and 418 newly diagnosed cases – including fewer than five in Kerry – have been notified today to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

Five of the deaths occurred in April, one in February and one in January. The median age of those who died was 82 years and the age range was from 67 to 92.

There have been 4,915 deaths of people with coronavirus in Ireland with 251,087 people known to have been infected.

Early this morning, 137 Covid-19 patients were in hospital with 37 in intensive care. There have been 18 additional hospital admissions linked to the virus in the past 24 hours.

Of the cases notified today, 214 are female, 199 are male and 73 per cent are under 45 years of age.

167 of the newly diagnosed cases are in Dublin, 39 in Cork, 32 in Donegal, 29 in Kildare and 22 in Meath with the remaining 129 cases spread across 20 other counties.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer with the Department of Health, said the key objective now is to follow the public health advice.

“Throughout this pandemic we have seen outbreaks and clusters of disease as a result of social events such as funerals, wakes and birthday parties,” he said.

“Unfortunately, we need to continue to stay vigilant to the infectious nature of this disease and avoid congregating together in large groups.

“We need all sectors of society to continue to encourage and support the public health messages and to help everyone to stay safe, Dr Holohan added.