LAOIS has seen a sudden rise in the number of Covid-19 cases notified in one day.
The county’s total has increased by nine, according to figures released this evening by the Department of Health.
This compares with an increase of six cases in Laois throughout the entire month of June. It is the biggest daily rise in the county since May.
Announcing the figures this evening, acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn said 85 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 nationwide were notified in the 24 hours up to midnight last night, Wednesday 29 July.
He said that nine of these 85 cases are located in Laois, while there are 26 in Kildare, 18 in Dublin, 11 in Clare, 7 in Limerick, 4 in Meath and the remainder are spread across seven other counties
He added that 39% of these 85 cases are associated with close contacts of a confirmed case, half are associated with outbreaks, 53 cases are men and 32 are women and 68% are under 45 years of age.
Nationally, one death and 85 new cases were confirmed this evening, bringing totals to 1,763 and 26,027 respectively.
The county breakdown, also published this evening, is always later than the national figures and relates to midnight on Tuesday 28 July. As a result, Laois shows an increase of two cases, leaving the county’s official total at 273. This figure will increase by nine tomorrow evening.
Commenting on the big increase in Covid-19 cases, Dr Glynn said this evening: “Today’s figures demonstrate how quickly Covid-19 can re-emerge in our country. We are now at a crucial point in our response to Covid-19.
“Over the coming days it is vital that everyone continues to avoid large crowds, physically distance, wear face coverings where appropriate and wash hands regularly. Covid-19 is extremely infectious and no one is immune. Follow public health advice and stay vigilant.”
Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said: “Over a two-day period, Ireland moved from a relatively stable epidemiology to a significant pattern connected to outbreaks.
“We now need to be really careful and adhere to public health advice so we do not further spread the virus. We must remain vigilant to the disease if we are to control it at this point.”