By Carmel Hayes
LAOIS has eight new cases of Covid-19, according to figures released this evening.
The latest cases bring the county’s total to 608 since the pandemic began.
There have been 143 new cases in the county in the 14 days up to midnight last night. These include big spikes of 28 on Friday 2 October and of 32 yesterday, which was the highest daily rise ever recorded in Laois.
Nationally, three deaths and 1,000 cases were announced this evening. There are 254 in Dublin, 102 in Meath, 88 in Cork, 81 in Cavan and 75 in Galway.
The remaining 400 cases are spread across 20 counties. This evening’s 14-day Covid incidence table, valid for midnight last night, shows that Laois has 8 of those 400 cases.
The latest increase gives Laois a current Covid incidence of 168.8 per 100,000 people, compared to a national rate of 217.9.
Despite the surge in cases here this month, only seven other counties have a lower Covid incidence than Laois.
As of 2pm today, 246 Covid patients are hospitalised nationwide, including 30 in ICU. There have been 13 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Portlaoise hospital had five confirmed Covid patients as of 8pm last night, including two in ICU.
Of today’s cases nationally, 71% are under 45 years of age and the median age is 31.
Commenting on today’s figures, chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said: “Case numbers are continuing to rise. Right now, we need everyone to cut their social contacts to an absolute minimum. Every time you physically interact with another person, you are providing an opportunity for the virus to spread.”
Total deaths since the pandemic began have reached 1,841, while total cases have reached 47,427. Latest HPSC figures show that just over 94% of people who died with Covid-19 had an underlying condition. The vast majority of people have recovered from the virus.