Saturday, October 17, 2020

By Carmel Hayes

LAOIS has 13 new cases of Covid-19, according to this evening’s figures.

The latest cases bring the county’s total to 621 since the pandemic began.

This evening’s 14-day Covid incidence table, valid for midnight last night, shows that Laois has 13 of the 1,276 new cases nationwide announced today.

The increase gives Laois a current Covid incidence of 151.1 per 100,000 people, down from 168.8 yesterday.

This compares to a national rate of 231.6 per 100,000 people. Cavan is highest at 758.8 and Tipperary is lowest at 149.

Despite the surge in cases here this month, Laois is 20th out of the 26 counties in terms of Covid incidence per 100,000 people. Only six other counties have a lower Covid incidence than Laois.

There have been 128 new cases in Laois in the 14 days up to midnight last night, giving a five-day average of 12.

Nationally, eight deaths were announced this evening but only five occurred in October. Two of the deaths notified today were in September and one was last June.

A total of 1,276 new cases nationwide were announced, with 278 in Dublin, 149 in Cork, 108 in Meath, 107 in Galway and 80 in Wexford. The remaining 554 cases are spread across 21 counties. Almost seven in ten (69%) are under 45 years of age and the median age is 31.

Total deaths nationally since the pandemic began have reached 1,849, while total cases have reached 48,678. 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.




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