THERE was another rise in Laois Covid-19 cases today but once again the number is below five.
The Department of Health did not specify the number of new cases in Laois this evening, which means that the number is between one and four.
When it announces national figures every evening, the department does not indicate the exact number in a county when it is below five. The number in Laois today will be available tomorrow evening, when the nationwide county breakdown is updated. County figures are published a day later than national figures.
This evening’s county breakdown shows that Laois cases rose by three yesterday, when the number was also not specified by the department.
The Laois total currently stands at 416, which is the total number of coronavirus cases in the county since the pandemic begin. The vast majority have recovered.
Nationally, no deaths and 208 new cases were announced this evening, leaving totals at 1,784 and 31,192 respectively.
Once again, the majority of new cases are in Dublin (108), with 18 in Louth, 12 in Donegal, 10 in Meath, 9 in Kildare, 8 in Waterford, 7 in Cork, 6 in Limerick and 6 in Wexford.
The other 24 cases are located in Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Galway, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Mayo, Roscommon, Tipperary, Westmeath and Wicklow.
Of new cases nationwide today, 33% are associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case. 18 cases have been identified as community transmission.
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “NPHET has decided to reduce the period of isolation from 14 to 10 days for confirmed cases from the onset of symptoms, based on advice received from the Expert Advisory Group following a review of the evidence.
“In addition, it has been agreed that nasal swabs are an acceptable alternative to nasopharyngeal swabs for use in children in the community. This will hopefully make testing a simpler process for children going forward.”
“Covid-19 is an evolving pandemic and NPHET is committed to adapting advice and guidelines based on emerging evidence.”