A FURTHER 16 deaths related to coronavirus have been reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today and that brings the total number of fatalities to date to 1,963.
14 of the deaths occurred in November, one in October and another case remains under investigation
An additional 270 cases have been confirmed and the number of people in the Republic of Ireland infected with the virus since last March now stands at 65,889.
Of the cases notified today, 147 are female, 123 are male and 56 per cent are under 45 years of age. The median age is 42.
82 of the cases are in Dublin, 21 in Donegal, 18 in Roscommon, 17 in Limerick and 17 in Tipperary and the remaining 115 cases are spread across 20 other counties
Senior public health officials reported that the number of cases in Kerry today was less than five.
At 2 o’clock this afternoon, 282 Covid-19 patients were hospitalised with 40 are in intensive care, There have been 21 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours
Department of Health Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, said the significant improvement in the profile of the disease is encouraging with the 14-day incidence of 152 cases per 100,000 is down by 51 per cent compared to the previous two weeks.
“To maintain this positive trajectory, we need to remain vigilant to the highly infectious nature of this virus, which can easily spread from person to person through close contact and by social mixing.
“Our individual everyday choices to stay at home and keep our contacts to a minimum are vital to driving down the spread of Covid-19,” he said.
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