THE number of people testing positive for Covid-19 in Laois remained at 256 today, with no increase in confirmed cases since yesterday.
The county figures announced tonight relate to the most recent cases notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) on Wednesday 20 May.
The good news leaves the county’s small share of total cases nationally at 1.1%.
However, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Ireland rose above 100 today for the first time this week, following six consecutive days of figures below 100.
The Department of Health said this evening that another 115 coronavirus infections have been diagnosed, bringing the national total to 24,506.
A further 11 people have died, bringing the total to 1,592 since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said it was too early to tell if a rise in infections was related to the easing of restrictions. He pointed out that the figures confirmed today include infections contracted before the lockdown was lifted on 18 May.
Dr Holohan commented that the gathering of crowds on beaches was “exactly the sort of thing” the national Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) did not want to see and he praised the intervention of gardaí.
However, he said the vast majority of people were still observing the restrictions and joked that the NPHET was pleased to see wind and rain today.
Deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn said: “Research conducted on behalf of the Department of Health shows that 86% of people rate their knowledge on how to prevent the spread of Covid-19 as high. This is essential knowledge for all of society to have and use, as we move safely through the phases ahead.”