THE daily Covid-19 death toll continues to rise at a disturbing pace with a further 63 fatalities notified today.
Five of the deaths date back to November, another occurred in December and the remaining 56 occurred in recent days. The date of death for one reported death remains under investigation.
It brings the spiralling coronavirus death toll in the Republic of Ireland to 2,460.
Also today, 3,569 additional cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed and that sees the total number of infections since the outset of the pandemic rising to 159,144.
The number of new cases confirmed in Kerry since midnight is 65 and that brings to 1,641 the number of positive tests in the county over the past 14 days.
The number of people known to have contracted the coronavirus in Kerry since last March is now 3,478.
Of the cases notified today, 1,924 are female, 1,616 are male and 54 per cent are under 45 years of age.
1,119 of the latest positive tests were in Dublin, 416 in Cork, 200 in Galway, 182 in Louth and 169 in Waterford with the remaining 1,483 cases spread across all other counties, including the 65 in Kerry.
The rapidly rising number of Covid-19 patients in hospital early this afternoon was 1,770 with 172 in intensive care and 133 new coronavirus-related admissions in the past 24 hours.
Department of Health Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, said while some early signs of progress is being made in terms of daily case numbers and positivity rates, there is still “a long, long way to go”.
“In the coming weeks ahead, we will need to draw upon our reserves of resilience from springtime as we can expect to see hospitalisations, admissions to ICU and mortality related to Covid-19 increase day on day,” he warned.
Dr Holohan added: “The best way that we can all support one another now is to stay apart. Sadly, what we are seeing now is a result of the very high daily confirmed case numbers we experienced for successive weeks”
He said to ensure the hospitals and their loved ones remain protected and stay alive to receive the vaccine, people must continue to follow public health advice and stay at home.
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