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‘If it’s crowded, turn around and come back another time’

The virus is still circulating in the community and is still a risk, particularly to those who have yet to be vaccinated

TWO further deaths and 383 new cases of Covid-19 – including less than five in Kerry – have been confirmed today, bringing the total number of fatalities to 4,908 with 250,672 known infections.

Early this morning 144 patients with coronavirus were in hospital with 41 being treated in intensive care. There were 10 additional hospital admissions due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

Of the cases notified today, 194 are male and 189 are female with 79 per cent under 45 years of age. The median age of those affected is 28 years.

129 of the newly diagnosed cases are in Dublin, 40 in Kildare, 32 in Meath, 25 in Donegal and 25 in Louth with the remaining 132 cases spread across 21 other counties.

Kerry has still the lowest 14-day virus incidence rate in the country, per 100,000 population, with 20 cases confirmed in the past fortnight.

Dr Tony Holohan: “If it’s crowded, turn around and come back another time”

Kerry’s 14-day rate is just 13.5 and other counties performing well include Wexford (25.4), Kilkenny (30.2), Sligo (38.1), Clare (39.6) and Mayo (52.1).

The worst hit counties are Donegal (306.5), Kildare (266.1), Westmeath (207.3), Dublin (189.8) and Tipperary (167.3).

Department of Health Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, said with the further easing of restrictions on May 10, people can look forward to opportunities to enjoy the better weather and to meeting with family and close friends safely and with the public health measures in mind.

“The virus is still circulating in the community and is still a risk, particularly to those who have yet to be vaccinated,” he stressed.

“Collectively, we know how to interrupt the spread of this disease, so when you are making plans for the coming week, don’t underestimate the need to keep your distance, meet outdoors where possible and wash your hands,” he added.

“If it’s crowded, turn around and come back another time. Together these simple measures will minimise the risk of infection,” Dr Holohan advised.