There are now six confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Laois.
Figures released moments ago show that as of Friday March 20 which examines the first 712 cases of the virus in Ireland, Laois has shown an increase from the previous day.
In a continuation of the worryingly upward trend, 121 new cases of Coronavirus have been diagnosed in Ireland today.
This is an increase on the 785 cases from yesterday and takes the overall total to 906 – with four deaths.
The patient who passed away is a male, in the east of the country, with an underlying health condition.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said;
“I would like to extend my condolences to the family and friends of the patient who died today.
“Cases confirmed today were most likely exposed to Covid-19 prior to the introduction of the public health measures implemented on Friday, 13 March.
“It is vital that everyone complies with the public health advice on hand and cough hygiene, working from home where possible and practising social distancing of 2 metres.
“Public health doctors carrying out contact tracing are advising that confirmed cases are now reporting fewer contacts, which is an encouraging sign that people are following the public health guidance.
“I would like to acknowledge the efforts of everyone adhering to public health advice. You are actively helping flatten the curve and limit the spread of Covid-19.
“Anyone waiting to be tested should act as though their test is positive and should self-isolate now, while they await testing and results.”