Remember you can be infectious without symptoms

one in 10 close contacts who had a test were found to be positive although many of them had no symptoms

ALTHOUGH there has been another significant spike nationally, no additional case of Covid-19 has been reported in Kerry this Thursday with the case load in the county remaining at 371.

At a national level, however, another 324 cases were confirmed and three additional deaths reported.

That brings the total number of fatalities to 1,797 and the number of cases to 33,994, following the denotification of six previously notified cases.

Of the cases notified today, 64 per cent are under 45 years of age with 169 males and 155 females infected.

52 per cent are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a previously confirmed case and 81 cases have been identified as community transmission.

Covid-19 signs recommending best practice for walkers and joggers at the entrances to Killarney National Park at Knockreer

167 cases are in Dublin, 42 in Donegal, 34 in Cork, 13 in Monaghan, 12 in Kildare, eight in Cavan, six in Limerick, six in Meath, six in Roscommon and five in Wicklow, with the remaining 25 cases in 11 other counties.

It emerged today that public health doctors are coming across more cases arising from people who are close contacts of confirmed cases and are not restricting the movements.

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, said people need to remember that people can be infectious without symptoms.

“If you are a close contact of a confirmed case please follow the guidelines on hse.ie and restrict your movements for 14 days,” he said.

“Do not go to school or work, do not have visitors to your home, do not go to the shop or pharmacy unless it is absolutely necessary,” Dr Glynn added.

Last week one in 10 close contacts who had a test were found to be positive although many of them had no symptoms.

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