AS the country enters the final week before the partial easing of lockdown restrictions, the number of Covid-19 deaths and additional cases continues to give cause for concern.
Nine further deaths were reported this Tuesday bringing the total number of fatalities since the outset of the pandemic to 4,727.
One of the newly reported deaths occurred this month with three in January, two in February and three in March.
The number of newly diagnosed positive cases remains high with 443 confirmed today by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre. There have now been 238,907 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ireland.
Five of the new cases are in Kerry but the country is still one of those with the lowest 14-day incidence rates in the country.
Only Sligo is faring better with a rate of 27.5 compared to Kerry on 31.1, Kilkenny on 32.2, Carlow on 42.2 and Clare on 54.7.
Up until midnight on Sunday last, a total of 4,452 people in Kerry had been infected with the virus.
Early this morning, 261 patients with Covid-19 were in hospital with 60 being treated in intensive care. There have been 12 additional patients with the virus admitted to hospital in the past 24 hours.
Of the cases notified today, 239 are male and 203 are female with 75 per cent under 45 years of age. The median age of those affected is lowering and it stood at is 31 today.
Of the newly diagnosed cases, 208 are in Dublin, 32 in Cork, 24 in Kildare, 20 in Meath and 17 in Donegal with the remaining 142 spread across 19 other counties.