By Carmel Hayes
LAOIS had another increase in 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.
This evening’s county breakdown shows that Laois cases rose by four yesterday, when the number was also not specified by the department.
Nationally, three deaths and 357 new cases were announced today, the highest daily increase in coronavirus infections since last April. The majority of new cases are in Dublin.
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.
The Laois total currently stands at 420, which is the total number of coronavirus cases in the county since the pandemic begin. The vast majority have recovered.
Of today’s new cases nationally, 218 are in Dublin, 18 in Louth, 12 in Waterford. 11 in Kildare, 9 in Cork, 8 in Kerry, 8 in Limerick, 8 in Meath, 7 in Westmeath, 6 in Wicklow, 5 in Offaly, 5 in Roscommon, 5 in Mayo and 5 in Tipperary.
The remaining 32 cases are located in Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Donegal, Galway, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo and Wexford.
The national total of confirmed Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began has reached 31,549, while deaths have reached 1,787.
Of the cases notified today, 63% are under 45 years of age and 38% are associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case. 60 cases have been identified as community transmission
Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, said today: “In the first half of 2020, Ireland responded swiftly to a new and unpredictable pandemic. Our collective response suppressed the curve, saved lives and put us on a solid foundation to deal with Covid-19 going forward.
“Now, we must focus on our response to the pandemic in the medium term. Today, Government launched a 5-Level framework. At the heart of this framework are three core messages:
- Simple measures taken by everyone are our best defence against Covid-19.
- No single measure will work in isolation, what matters is combination prevention.
- Continued cooperation and solidarity across society remains central to our response.
“The basic preventions against the spread of Covid-19 remain unchanged; wash your hands regularly, physically distance from others including friends and family, wear a face covering, know the symptoms and what to do if you experience them.”