Thursday, June 04, 2020

THE number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Laois remained at 260 today, with no rise in the county’s total.

Only two new cases have been confirmed in Laois in the past week and five of the past seven days saw no rise in the county figures. Only five other counties have lower Covid-19 levels.

Since Friday 22 May, the increase in daily reported cases in Laois has never been higher than one.

There is also encouraging news nationally, as public health experts said the lifting of some lockdown restrictions in Phase One has not increased the reproduction rate of the virus.

HSE National Director of Acute Hospitals Liam Woods commented: “Thanks to the collective efforts of everyone in Ireland, the healthcare system has withstood the challenge that this virus posed at the outset of this crisis. We must keep up the good work to ensure we remain vigilant against a second surge of Covid-19.”

National figures announced this evening show five more deaths and 38 new cases around the country. This brings the death toll to 1,664 and total cases to 25,142.

With Phase 2 of the reopening of society and business due to start on Monday 8 June, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) met today to continue its review of Ireland’s response to Covid-19.

After the meeting, deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn said: “It is reassuring to witness, over the past number of weeks, that the vast majority of people continue to work collectively to adhere to the public health guidance, engaging in social distancing and hygiene behaviours as a new way of life.

“This individual and collective action remains crucial, as neither the virus nor how it transmits has changed and the vast majority of people remain susceptible.”

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said this evening: “The reproductive number is now estimated to be between 0.4 and 0.7. The easing of restrictions in Phase One has not negatively impacted the r-number, in no small part thanks to the collective behaviours of our population in preventing resurgence of the disease.”


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