By Carmel Hayes
TOTAL Covid-19 cases in Laois since the pandemic began have reached 565, according to the new county breakdown published this evening.
The figure confirms that there were four new cases on Monday, when the number was not given by the Department of Health.
Meanwhile, today’s 14-day incidence table, valid for midnight last night, states that the number of new cases in Laois yesterday (Tuesday) was fewer than five.
The current figure of 565 for Laois on the HSE website and Covid Tracker App relates to midnight on Monday. The daily national figures relate to the 24 hours up to midnight last night, Tuesday.
Five deaths and 1,095 new cases nationwide were announced this evening. There are 246 in Dublin, 185 in Meath, 128 in Cavan, 118 in Cork and 63 in Kildare. The remaining 342 cases are spread across all remaining counties.
It will be tomorrow evening before the exact figure for Laois yesterday is available, when the county breakdown is updated. The county breakdown is published a day later than national figures.
Of today’s cases nationally, 70% are under 45 years of age and the median age is 31.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, commented: “Today, we again report a daily new confirmed case figure over 1,000. This situation is extremely concerning. Every single one of us has a role to play.
“We each need to reduce contact with other people as much as possible, so that means staying at home, working from home where possible, practising physical distancing and stopping discretionary socialising.”
Total Covid-19 deaths in Ireland since the pandemic began have reached 1,835, while total cases have reached 45,243. The vast majority of people have recovered from the illness.