By Carmel Hayes
LAOIS still has the third highest Covid rate in Ireland, with 13 new infections reported today.
The latest increase brings the county’s virus rate to 240.9 per 100,000 people, up from 232.6 yesterday and far above the national average of 147.3. Laois had 204 new cases during the fortnight up to midnight last night.
For the second day running, the Covid incidence in Laois is exceeded only in neighbouring Offaly (346.3) and Westmeath (261.3).
Neighbouring Kildare had 60 new cases today but still has a lower 14-day virus incidence than Laois, at 225.2 per 100,000 people. (Full figures below)
The good news is that the five-day moving average is falling in Laois, with a current daily average of 10 cases a day. The county’s average on Wednesday was 16 daily cases.
Nationwide, there were seven deaths and 400 cases. Two of the deaths were in April, two in March and three in February.
The median age of those who died was 78 and the age range was 62 – 89.
Since the pandemic outbreak, there have been 4,737 deaths out of 239,723 confirmed Covid cases.
Of the cases announced today, 72% are under 45 and the median age is 35.
As of 8am today, 226 Covid patients are hospitalised, including 55 in ICU. There were 11 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
As of 5 April, 940,883 vaccine doses have been administered:
667,182 people have received their first dose
273,701 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 7th April 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)
(to midnight 7Apr2021)
|5-Day Moving Average of New Cases||14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population
(to 7Apr 2021)
|New Cases during last 14 days
(to 7Apr 2021)