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No coronavirus deaths across Ireland yesterday but fresh cluster of cases in Kerry

There were no coronavirus deaths in the Ireland yesterday

THERE were no coronavirus-linked deaths recorded yesterday across Ireland.

In the north the number of deaths linked to Covid-19 remains at 556 while the number of people who have died in the Republic stands at 1,746.

In Co Kerry there was a fresh cluster of cases identified. However, acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said "people do not need to worry unduly" as there had been clusters in other counties "and our public health teams are on top of those."

In Britain 138 deaths were recorded yesterday bringing the total to 44,968..

Meanwhile, scientists have warned that the UK could see about 120,000 new coronavirus deaths in a second wave of infections this winter.

Models for a “reasonable” worst case scenario suggest a range between 24,500 and 251,000 of virus-related deaths in hospitals alone, peaking in January and February.

The estimate does not take into account any lockdowns, treatments or vaccines.

Scientists say the risk can be reduced if action is taken immediately.

The report, which was requested by the UK's chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, said there is still a high degree of uncertainty over what will happen in the winter months.

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