This situation is extremely concerning. People must now make choices

THE total of 51 new cases of Covid-19 notified yesterday for Kerry has been revised by one to 50 following confirmation of the statistics by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

The number of confirmed cases in the county now stands at 603 but Kerry will be included tomorrow in a list of counties where a combined 342 further cases have been reported.

The 14-day incidence rate monitor has indicated that another 14 cases have been notified in Kerry today.

Five additional deaths related to Covid-19 have been confirmed today, bringing the total number of fatalities since the beginning of the pandemic to 1,835.

As of midnight on Tuesday senior public health officials were notified of an additional 1,095 confirmed cases and that sees the total number of infections rising to 45,243, even after the denotification of 11 cases.

Of the cases notified today, 552 are female, 529 are male and 70 per cent are under 45 years of age. The median age of victims is 31.

246 of the cases reported in the last 24 hours are in Dublin, 185 in Meath, 128 in Cavan, 118 in Cork and 63 in Kildare with the remaining 342 cases are spread across all remaining counties, including Kerry.

As of 2.00pm today 232 coronabirus patients were hospitalised, of which 30 were in intensive care. Nine additional people were admitted to hospitals in the past 24 hours.

Department of Health Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, remarked: “This situation is extremely concerning. Every single one of us has a role to play”.

Dr Holohan added: “We each need to reduce contact with other people as much as possible, so that means staying at home, working from home where possible, practicing physical distancing and stopping discretionary socialising.”

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, said: “People must now make choices. Stop meeting up in groups, stop socialising, stop organising play dates, parties and other social activities”.

He added: “People must recognise that the disease is a direct threat to themselves and their families. Now is the time for each of us to act”.

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