THE number of Covid infections in Laois rose by 40 today.
The county has a virus incidence of 913.8 per 100,000 people, a slight increase from 911.5 yesterday.
Despite a recent surge in cases, Laois has the fifth lowest virus rate nationally, as most other counties have suffered even higher spikes in the disease.
Laois comes 22nd out of the 26 counties today in terms of virus incidence. The county’s incidence remains considerably lower than the national average, which stands at 1,410.3 today.
There were 774 new cases in Laois during the fortnight up to midnight last night. This is more than one-third of all cases recorded in the county since the pandemic began. The total county figure has reached 2,045.
Nationally, the number of deaths soared to 46 today and there were 3,086 cases. Two of the deaths occurred in December but the remaining 44 all occurred in January.
There have been 2,397 Covid-19 related deaths nationwide since the pandemic began, while total cases have reached 155,591.
As of 2pm today, 1,692 Covid patients are hospitalised, of whom 158 are in ICU. There have been 128 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Portlaoise hospital had a record number of 21 confirmed Covid patients last night, including six in ICU.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, said: “This evening we are seeing the effect of the recent surge of infections reflected in the increased mortality we are reporting. Unfortunately, due to the unsustainably high level of Covid-19 infection we have experienced as a country over the past few weeks, sadly these figures are likely to continue for the next period of time. What we can do today, out of respect of those who have lost their lives and those currently in hospital or ICU – and those caring for them – is to hold firm and stay home.”
Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, added: “At least one in three patients admitted to hospital or critical care in January have been under the age of 65 years. This clearly demonstrates that Covid-19 affects us all, regardless of age or underlying condition. It highlights the need for us all to protect one another by staying at home.”
Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 11 January 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)
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