By Carmel Hayes
LAOIS has the third highest Covid rate in Ireland, up from fourth yesterday.
Although the county has only six new cases today, it has moved up the national table as many other counties recorded lower increases.
The 14-day virus rate in Laois is 232.6 per 100,000 people, down from 244.4 yesterday but still far higher than the national average of 151.6.
Following 197 new cases in Laois during the fortnight up to midnight last night, only Offaly (366.9) and Westmeath (268.1) have higher 14-day virus rates. (Full figures below).
The five-day moving average in Laois is currently 12 cases a day, down from 16 yesterday.
Portlaoise hospital had three Covid patients last night, down from eight over the Easter weekend. None of the three virus patients was in ICU.
Nationally, five deaths and 423 cases were announced this evening. Four of the deaths occurred in April and one in February.
Total deaths since the pandemic began have reached 4,732, out of 239,325 confirmed cases.
Of the cases notified today, 73% are under 45 and the median age is 30.
As of 8am today, 232 Covid patients are hospitalised, of whom 56 are in ICU. There were 13 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
As of 4 April, 936,087 vaccine doses have been administered:
663,411 people have received their first dose
272,676 people have received their second dose
Today’s cases, 5-day moving average of new cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 6th April 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)
(to midnight 6Apr2021)
|5-Day Moving Average of New Cases||14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population
(to 6Apr 2021)
|New Cases during last 14 days
(to 6Apr 2021)