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Coronavirus: 1,269 new cases and 13 further deaths as gardai to be allowed break up house parties

A further 1,269 Coronavirus cases have been announced and a further 13 additional deaths.

Of today’s cases, 14 of them are in Laois, meaning the county’s 14-day incident rate per 100,000 people is now 199.5 from 186.5 which it was yesterday. The national average is 279.3

For further context, the Laois rate was 69.66 on August 7 when the county was placed in a localised lockdown along with Kildare and Offaly.

The 14-day incident rate in Laois previously peaked at over 178 on April 21 when there was 155 active cases.

Of the cases notified today;

  • 657 are men / 609 are women
  • 63% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 34 years old
  • 221 in Meath, 203 in Dublin, 116 in Cork, 80 in Cavan and 649 and the remaining 649 cases are spread across all remaining counties.

There are now 312 people in hospital and 34 of these are in Critical Care Units. 30 new admissions in the last 24 hours.

Deaths are climbing too. There were five deaths in August and 35 in September. In the first 19 days of October, there have been 54 deaths notified.

From July 4 to July 18, there was no active case in the county and the incident rate was zero.

New Cases in Laois

  • October 19 – 14
  • October 18 – 23
  • October 17 – 23
  • October 16 – 13
  • October 15 – 8
  • October 14 – 32
  • October 13 – 3
  • October 12 – 4
  • October 11 – 6
  • October 10 – 8
  • October 9 – 7
  • October 8 – 5
  • October 7 – 18
  • October 6 – 8

14-day case rate in Laois per 100,000 population

  • October 19 – 199.5
  • October 18 – 186.5
  • October 17 – 173.6
  • October 16 – 151.13
  • October 15 – 168.84
  • October 14 – 160.57
  • October 13 – 135.78
  • October 12 – 139.32
  • October 11 – 134.6
  • October 10 – 133.42
  • October 9 – 123.97
  • October 8 – 122.79
  • October 7 – 116.89
  • October 6 – 95.64

New cases in Laois during past 14 days

  • October 19 – 169
  • October 18 – 158
  • October 17 – 147
  • October 16 – 128
  • October 15 – 143
  • October 14 – 136
  • October 13 – 115
  • October 12 – 118
  • October 11 – 114
  • October 10 – 113
  • October 9 – 105
  • October 8 – 104
  • October 7 – 99
  • October 6 – 81

Gardai to get new powers

Gardaí are to be given new powers which will allow them call to homes and order that house parties are broken up.

They will also be given the power to stop people from entering house parties or indoor gatherings which are banned under the Government’s Covid-19 restrictions.

Gardaí will not be legally permitted to enter a home but they will be able to issue fines to the occupier of a house where an illegal party is taking place.

New fines will also be introduced for failing to wear coverings on public transport, retail shops, organised events, gyms, swimming pools, museums and galleries

Fines will also be issued for breaches for Covid travel restrictions.

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