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Coronavirus: Three new deaths and 11 new cases as study shows Laois continuing to perform well

1,730 people have now died from Coronavirus in Ireland – an increase of three from yesterday.

Not all of these people passed away today – this is the number that were reported to the Department of Health today.

While there has been a total of 11 new cases of Coronavirus have been diagnosed in Ireland today.

That means there is now a total of 25,414 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “WHO analysis has shown the 7-day incidence of COVID-19 in Ireland to be among the lowest in the EU. And this is thanks to collective efforts of everyone.

“However, we are witnessing new outbreaks across various countries as they ease restrictions and this reminds us of two things – the importance of adherence to public health guidelines as we ease restrictions here in Ireland and the importance of continuing to avoid all non-essential travel.”

Prof Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group (IEMAG), said: “We continue to see extremely low levels of transmission of the virus within the population as a whole.

“However the increasing number of cases related to travel and in young adults is an emerging source of concern. It is essential that we all continue to wash our hands, practice good cough and sneeze hygiene and practice social distance.”

Dr Siobhan Ni Bhriain, National Clinical Lead, Integrated Care, HSE, said: “Although the incidence of the disease is very low in the community at present, we would urge people who develop any respiratory symptoms to contact their GP as soon as possible.”

Dr. Alan Smith, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, said: “Today, the Department of Health launches the ‘Stay Safe Guidelines booklet’. The booklet outlines safe behaviours that should be practiced in varied scenarios such as at home, at work, on public transport, shopping, and when meeting others indoors and outdoors.”

Northern Ireland, the UK and globally 

There was one new Coronavirus related death in Northern Ireland, leaving the total at 548.

There were four new Covid-19 cases recorded in Northern Ireland in the previous 24 hour period, so the total number of cases is 5,748.

The UK coronavirus death toll now stands at 43,414.

There are now a total 9,756,000 cases of Coronavirus globally. There have been more than 492,000 deaths while 5,285,000 have recovered.

New CSO Figures

Latest figures released by the Central Statistics Office show that Laois continues to be one of the best performing counties in Ireland in the fight against Coronavirus.

Since the start of June, Laois has recorded just five new cases of the disease and just 31 since the start of May.

This is the seventh week in a row that Laois has recorded fewer than 10 new cases as the county continues to work together to suppress the virus.

Tax Bill

A large number of full-time workers in receipt of the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme or Pandemic Unemployment Payment face tax bills of between €150 and €2,828 by the end of the year, Taxback.com has warned.

The latest Taxback.com Taxpayer Sentiment Survey revealed that 57% of respondents receiving either payment are not aware that a future tax liability is building.

Of the 43% who said they were aware of the tax implications, feedback suggests that there is big possibility that they will not know what they will, or can, do about it.

See Full Report Here

Important information 

Symptoms of Covid-19 include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Breathing difficulties.

Further resources:

  • The HSE: Official advice on the coronavirus in Ireland. This is being updated based on the number of confirmed cases and how the virus spreads in Ireland.
  • The Department of Foreign Affairs: Official advice on where to avoid travelling to. Also a resource for those who are abroad.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO): The UN agency on global public health publishes statements and daily situation reports based on the latest data.
  • European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC): The EU agency on the number of cases, deaths and how it’s spreading in Europe.
  • The Johns Hopkins University map: A heat map of the confirmed cases across the world.

A helpline for older people who are concerned about the coronavirus has been launched by Alone. The number is 0818 222 024, and it’s open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm.

SEE ALSO – An open letter from LaoisToday: Think local, support local and #LoveLaois as businesses open their doors again

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.