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Slight rise in number of patients with Covid-19 at St Luke’s hospital as the figure falls across the country

We don't yet know how many new cases were recorded in Carlow and Kilkenny last evening.

The five-day moving average of Covid-19 cases has dropped by 10% in the past week to 369.

Figures from the HSE also show the number of patients in public hospitals with the virus has fallen by 16% in the last seven days to 186.

However, it’s risen slightly locally with two people now being treated at St Luke’s General for Carlow and Kilkenny, one in intensive care, and a further three suspected cases there.

One further death was reported last evening with 269 new cases, a county breakdown has not yet been outlined.

UCC Professor Gerry Killeen, who is also a founding member of ISAG which advocates for Zero Covid, says people need to continue to work in driving down the virus due to the new variants.