Six months on: 10 million cases and 500,000 deaths worldwide

Cllr Niall Kelleher’s last official duty as Mayor of Kerry yesterday was to present a certificate of appreciation to the management and staff at University Hospital Kerry to acknowledge their remarkable dedication during the Covid-19 pandemic. He is pictured here with Fearghal Grimes, general manager (left) and Amanda Coulson, human resources manager

NO new case of coronavirus has been reported in Kerry this Tuesday – the number of confirmed cases in the county remains at 310 – but another death has been reported nationally with 11 additional cases also confirmed.

The number of Covid-19 related fatalities in the Republic of Ireland now stands at 1,736 and the number of known cases rises to 25,473.

The total number of patients hospitalised to date is 3,295 with 434 treated in intensive care units.

A total of 8,202 healthcare workers have been infected and 1,429 separate clusters have been identified. The median age of patients is 48.

Department of Health Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, noted that it is six months today since the World Health Organisation first received reports of the virus.

“Since then, there have been 10 million cases and 500,000 deaths reported worldwide,” he said.

Dr Holohan added: “We know more about this virus and how to limit its spread than we did six months ago. It is very important that we keep up the national effort to reduce the impact of this disease in our country.”

The department said each person should risk assess their own environment to inform their personal decisions and actions during the pandemic.

“We know how this virus spreads, we know the public health behaviours required to protect ourselves and others and we must continue to be aware of the disease and limit its spread,” the department stated.

The number of patients infected in each age category

Under 4: 172

5-14: 327

15-24: 1,894

25-34: 4,273

35-44: 4,483

45-54: 4,570

55-64: 3,251

65-74: 1,805

75-84: 2,295

Over 85: 2,370

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