By Carmel Hayes
LAOIS Covid-19 rates are continuing to fall, according to figures released at 6pm today.
The county’s 14-day virus incidence has dropped to 95.6 per 100,000 people, down from 99.2 yesterday.
Just one week ago, on Thursday 12 November, the incidence in Laois was 142.9.
Laois now comes 17th out of the 26 counties in terms of virus incidence, down from 10th place last Sunday. The current national incidence is 116.5 per 100,000 people.
There were 81 new cases of the virus in Laois during the 14 days up to midnight last night.
Today’s national figures show that Laois had fewer than five cases again yesterday. The exact figure will be known when the county breakdown is updated tomorrow evening.
The current county total since the pandemic began is 937, which is the total number up to midnight on Tuesday.
Nationally, four deaths and 429 confirmed cases were announced this evening.
The death toll has reached 2,010 since the pandemic began, while total cases have reached 69,473.
Of the cases notified today, 69% are aged under 45 and the median age is 34. There are 173 new cases in Dublin, 44 in Cork, 26 in Donegal, 22 in Louth and 21 in Kildare, while the other 143 cases are spread across the remaining 20 counties.
As of 2pm today, 290 Covid patients are hospitalised, including 33 in ICU. There have been 15 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Chief medical officer (CMO) Dr Tony Holohan said today: “In our objective to use a six-week period to drive down Covid-19 infection in the community, our progress has stalled in the last week.
“We now have two weeks to get back on track. Drive down the disease by limiting the number of daily contacts you have. Work from home, stay at home and follow public health advice to get us to a reproduction number below 0.5 by 1 December.”
Deputy CMO Dr Ronan Glynn said that deaths associated with Covid-19 have increased by 18% in Europe over the past fortnight. He said: “Last week alone, Europe registered over 29,000 new deaths. That is one person dying every 17 seconds.
“We have made significant progress in Ireland over recent weeks, but the disease and its risks have not changed. Please continue in your efforts to follow public health advice, limit the transmission of Covid-19 in Ireland and protect those who are most vulnerable in our families and across our communities.”
According to Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, case numbers in Ireland have stopped declining and the reproduction number has increased from 0.6 to an estimated 0.7- 0.9.
Professor O’Neill said: “The data strongly suggests that a small, recent increase in the level of social contacts has led to the increase in reproduction number we see now. A small additional effort to reduce our contacts will make a big difference to reduce disease incidence before 1 December.”
HSE chief clinical officer Dr Colm Henry added: “This pandemic has placed huge demands on our healthcare workers, in addition to the standard care of patients. Their work now involves additional infection prevention and control measures which require constant vigilance and awareness. The best way we all can show our appreciation for their work is by doing your part to reduce community transmission.”
Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 18 November 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)
|County||Today’s cases (to midnight 18NOV2020)||14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (05Nov2020 to 18NOV2020)||New Cases during last 14 days
(05Nov2020 to 18NOV2020)