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Kerry still leading the way with disease control

There have been 33 additional hospital admissions due to the virus in the past 24 hours.

THE number of new cases of Civid-19 in Kerry remains low with less than five positive test results notified in the county this Monday.

There were seven cases here yesterday but the number of new infections hasn’t surpassed five on any other day in the past week.

Kerry continues to have by far the lowest incidence rate for the disease in the country with 74 cases reported over the past 14 days and the incidence rate in the county over the past fortnight is 50.1 per 100,000 population. T

he nearest county in terms of low incidence is Cork with a rate of 94.5 while the worst hit county is Offaly with a rate of 437.4 foplowed by Dublin with 335.5.

Nationally today, one additional death was reported with 686 new cases of infection. It brings the total number of fatalities to 4,137 and the number of positive cases now rises to 215,743.

Early this morning 726 patients were in hospital due to the coronavirus with 156 in intensive care. There have been 33 additional hospital admissions due to the virus in the past 24 hours.

Department of Health Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, said the high levels of compliance amongst the population is having a positive impact on the levels of disease in communities.

“It is also having a positive impact on our hospitals – while last week there were 269 cases in healthcare workers and four outbreaks in our hospitals these represent a very significant reduction compared with the 839 cases and 15 outbreaks in the week to the 7th of February,” Dr Glynn said.

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