By Carmel Hayes
LAOIS had newly reported Covid-19 cases again today but the rate of increase remains relatively low.
Three deaths and 253 new infections nationwide were announced this evening, with nearly half located in Dublin. The number of new cases in Laois is below five.
Once again, the Department of Health did not specify the exact figure for Laois today, which usually means that the latest increase in the county is between one and four.
However, today’s county breakdown shows that Laois had five new cases on Wednesday, when the number was also not specified by the department.
When national figures are announced each evening, the exact number in a county is usually not given 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 new cases nationally announced today are for the 24 hours up to midnight last night. The county breakdown on the gov.ie website and the Covid App gives total cases up to midnight on Wednesday.
The Laois total currently stands at 428, which is the total number of coronavirus cases in the county since the pandemic begin. The vast majority have recovered.
Of cases nationally announced this evening, there are 116 in Dublin, 22 in Kildare, 14 in Cork, 14 in Galway, 13 in Donegal, 10 in Limerick, 10 in Louth, 9 in Mayo, 8 in Waterford and 7 in Wicklow.
The remaining 30 cases are in Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Tipperary, Westmeath.
There have been 1,792 Covid-19 related deaths since the pandemic began, while total cases have reached 32,271.
Of the cases notified today, 71% are under 45 years of age and 45% are associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case. 61 cases have been identified as community transmission