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Progress made but transmission rate still extremely high

The nuber of nw cases reported in Kerry is less than five

A FURTHER 23 deaths and 921 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed today with less than five cases notified in Kerry for the first time in several weeks.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre said 21 of the deaths occurred in February and two date back to January.

The median age of those who died was 84 years and the age range of those who passed away was from 57 to 95 years.

There have been 3,865 Covid-19 related deaths in the Republic of Ireland 207,720 confirmed cases.

Early this morning 959 patients were in hospital due to coronavirus-related complications with 173 in intensive care.

There have been 53 additional people admitted to hospital because of the virus in the past 24 hours.

Of the cases notified today, 466 are female, 453 are male and 66 per cent are under 45 years of age. The median age of those affected is 34.

414 of the newly diagnosed cases are in Dublin, 87 in Cork, 51 in Kildare, 48 in Limerick and 47 in Meath with the remaining 274 cases are spread across all other counties.

Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer with the Department of Health, said progress has been made over recent weeks but the rate of transmission of the disease is still extremely high and the risks Covid-19 poses to vulnerable loved ones have not changed.

“Everyone is working hard to drive down Covid-19 infection in the community and we must all continue to limit the number of daily contacts we have,” he said.

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