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Concern over outbreaks in private houses

REPORTED yesterday and officially confirmed today, Kerry has a new case of Covid-19 which brings the number of infections in the county to 325.

The addition is one of 164 new cases revealed by senior public health officials this Wednesday and that brings to 28,363 the total number of people who have contracted the disease nationally, with 1,777 deaths.

Of the cases confirmed today, 65 per cent are under the age of 45 with 83 males and 81 females infected.

80 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a previously confirmed case and 21 cases have been identified as community transmission.

Dublin and Kildare remain major problem spots with 93 additional cases in the capital today and 22 in Kildare. There are now 13,095 confirmed cases in Dublin and 2,195 in Kildare.

Of the other cases reported, 10 are in Tipperary, nine in Cork, eight in Carlow, six in Waterford and six in Offaly with the remaining 10 cases are in Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick, Louth and Roscommon.

Department of Health Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, acknowledged the significant number of cases in Dublin, Kildare, Tipperary, Limerick, Cork and Carlow over the past number of days.

“I would urge people everywhere to follow the public health advice and reduce mixing of households where at all possible,” he said.

“The greatest protection you can give your family and friends is to isolate as soon as you have any symptoms and contact your GP by phone,” he said.

Over 750,000 Covid-19 tests have taken place in Ireland so far and 5,000 contact tracing calls took place last week.

There is mounting concern over the large number of outbreaks in private households, along with sporting and social clubs.

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