Friday, July 03, 2020

THERE was no rise in confirmed Covid-19 cases in Laois again today, leaving the county’s total at 265.

It has been 11 days since any increase in coronavirus infections was reported in the county.

The last increase was on Monday week, 22 June, when just one new case was reported.

Laois had only six new cases during the entire month of June and has just 1% of all cases nationwide.

Nationally, two deaths were announced this evening, bringing the overall death toll from the virus to 1,740. There were nine new confirmed cases, leaving the national total at 25,498 since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Commenting this evening, acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn said recent figures show that the virus remains suppressed in our communities.

He said: “Ireland’s 14-day incidence of Covid-19 is now less than three cases per 100,000. This is amongst the lowest in Europe and demonstrates that the disease remains suppressed in our communities. The key to maintaining this status is responsible individual behaviours and avoiding any complacency.”

Referring to today’s report by HIQA, which showed the official number of deaths from Covid-19 may have been overestimated, Dr Glynn said it demonstrated that Ireland “comprehensively recorded deaths” relating to Covid-19 by following the recommended WHO approach.

He said: “We have consistently recorded and published data on all deaths where a person had Covid-19 or was suspected to have Covid-19. This reporting gives us a robust understanding of the impact of the disease in Ireland and continues to inform our response.”


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