Over 8,500 in Kerry contracted Covid-19

19 patients are being treated for Covid-19 in University Hospital Kerry

NINETEEN patients were being treated for Covid-19 in University Hospital Kerry this Sunday, two of whom are in intensive care, the HSE has confirmed.

It has also been confirmed that in excess of 8,500 people have been infected with the virus in the county since the pandemic began.

In the 14-day period up to Monday last, there were 634 new cases of the virus confirmed in Kerry.

118 of the cases were in the Killarney electoral area, 219 in Tralee, 159 in Listowel, 64 in Kenmare, 43 in Castleisland and 31 in Corca Dhuibhne.

A total of 1,384 newly diagnosed cases of the virus were confirmed nationally today with 382 patients being treated for the disease in hospital and 74 of those in intensive care.

The HSE said today that a rise in cases over the past four days has been matched with an increase in people being admitted to hospital.

Nationally, it has been confirmed that 67 per cent of the patients in intensive care have not been vaccinated, while three per cent are partially vaccinated.