December 1, 2021
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Kilkenny among 322 new cases of virus as five further deaths confirmed, country’s top doctor warns about Christmas travel

A further five more people have died after contracting the coronavirus as 322 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.

It brings the overall death toll from the virus to 1,922. There are now 63,048 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the country, according to the latest daily briefing from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

The breakdown of the latest cases are as follows: 96 are in Dublin, 35 in Meath, 23 in Cork, 17 in Louth, 16 in Waterford with the remaining 135 cases are spread across 18 other counties, including eight new infections in Kilkenny.

The latest cases were confirmed as the country’s top doctor warned it is still too early to give advice to people planning on travelling home to Ireland for Christmas.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan told the Dáil Transport Committee that NPHET has to ensure the country is not put at risk with arrangements that could result in cases of the virus being imported here in December.

Dr Holohan said international travel will represent “a prominent area of risk” as Covid-19 levels come under control nationally.

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