By Carmel Hayes
THE Covid rate in Laois has dropped to seventh lowest in Ireland, with fewer than five new cases reported today.
The county’s 14-day virus incidence is only 54.3 per 100,000 people, down from 70.8 last Friday and well below the national average of 134.1.
The rate in neighbouring Kildare is 266.1, while in Offaly it is 159.1.
There were 46 new Covid cases in Laois during the 14 days up to midnight last night. The five-day moving average is only 1.8 cases daily.
Laois has dropped to 20th of the 26 counties in terms of virus incidence, down from 18th last Friday. The county had the third highest Covid rate nationally in early April.
Today’s national figures show that the number of cases in Laois yesterday was lower than five. When the national daily cases are announced each evening, the Department of Health does not give the county figure if it is below five. The exact number in Laois will be available when the county breakdown is updated tomorrow.
Nationally, two deaths and 383 cases were reported this evening. The death toll has reached 4,908 out of 250,672 confirmed cases since the pandemic began.
As of 8am today, 144 Covid patients are hospitalised, of whom 41 are in ICU. There were ten additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
As of Sunday 2 May, 1,604,644 vaccine doses have been administered in Ireland:
1,159,083 people have received their first dose
445,561 people have received their second dose
The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of Covid-19 in the community, including daily data on Ireland’s vaccination programme.
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 3rd May 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)
|County||Today’s cases (to
|5 day moving average
(28APR2021 – 03MAY2021)
rate per 100,000
|New Cases during
last 14 days (20APR2021