THE number of reported Covid-19 infections in Laois rose again today but only by one case.
The small increase brings the county’s total to 283 since the pandemic began, up from 282 yesterday.
A sudden surge in Laois cases announced on Thursday saw a rise of nine in one day, the highest daily increase since May. The sharp rise compared with a total of six cases in the county for the entire month of June.
However, Laois still has a very low rate of coronavirus infections compared to many other counties and has just 1% of all cases nationally.
Today’s figures for Laois are valid for midnight on Thursday 30 July, as the breakdown by county is released later than national figures.
In neighbouring counties, there was no change in Carlow (179), Kilkenny (357), Offaly (488) and Tipperary (545) but there was a rise of 17 in Kildare (1,589).
Nationally today, 45 new cases were announced and there were no deaths. The death toll remains at 1,763 and cases have reached 26,109.
Of the 45 new cases nationwide announced today, 18 are associated with outbreaks or close contacts of a confirmed case and 12 have been identified as community transmission
Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said this evening that there has been a “concerning” upward trend in coronavirus cases.
He said: “Over the last five days, we have seen an average of 44 cases a day. This trend is clearly concerning and now is the time to ensure you and your families are making every effort to keep each other safe.
“Ensure gatherings are kept to a minimum and invite no more than ten others into your home.
“Do not organise or attend house parties.
“Restaurants must enforce a limit of 50 people (including staff) on their premises at any one time.
“All workplaces should again review their procedures and protocols.
“Avoid congregated settings or environments where safety precautions are not in place.
“Wash your hands regularly, carry hand sanitiser and wear a face covering where appropriate.
“Ensure you isolate immediately if you experience any flu like symptoms.
“It is our individual action that will stop the spread.”