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Coronavirus: 18 further deaths and 269 news cases as restrictions ease around the country

A further 18 Coronavirus-related deaths have been announced by the health authorities this evening – 15 of them in November.

There have also been an additional 269 new cases.

Five of the news cases announced are in Laois meaning the 14-day incidence rate in the county is now 55.5 – up from 51.9 yesterday.

The current national average is 87 down from 89.2 yesterday.

The Laois 14-day rate was 49.6 this time last week and 103.9 a week earlier.

There are now 47 active cases in Laois, up from 44 yesterday. It was 88 two weeks ago.

Of the cases notified today;
  • 133 are men/133 are women
  • 65% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 35 years old
  • 73 in Dublin, 20 in Kilkenny, 20 in Limerick, 19 in Louth, 19 in Tipperary and the remaining 118 cases are spread across 20 other counties.
As of 2pm today, 224 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU. 14 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The hard work and sacrifices that have been made by people over the last 6 weeks to suppress COVID-19 means that we are now in a position to reopen non-essential retail and to travel within our counties.

“It is up to every person, individually, to remain vigilant to the spread of this disease, to assess the risk that is involved in any social activity.

“We need to keep the public health advice at the centre of our minds and do not have visitors to our homes, outside of any necessary visitors in a support bubble, until the 18th of December.

“Each one of us has a role in shaping the national picture on COVID-19 in the coming weeks. It is vital that you keep hand washing, wear face coverings and keep a 2m distance from each other, to protect public health, to protect vital public services and to give us the best chance to continue to minimise the spread of the disease.”

New Cases in Laois

  • November 30 – 5
  • November 29 – 2
  • November 28 – 2
  • November 27 – 4
  • November 26 – 4
  • November 25 – 6
  • November 24 – 5
  • November 23 – 1
  • November 22 – 2
  • November 21 – 1
  • November 20 – 5
  • November 19 – 3
  • November 18 – 3
  • November 17 – 1

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

  • November 30 – 55.5
  • November 29 – 51.9
  • November 28 – 50.8
  • November 27 – 55.5
  • November 26 – 57.9
  • November 25 – 54.3
  • November 24 – 54.3
  • November 23 – 49.6
  • November 22 – 57.9
  • November 21 – 60.2
  • November 20 – 80.3
  • November 19 – 83.8
  • November 18 – 95.6
  • November 17 – 99.2

New cases in Laois during past 14 days

  • November 30 – 47
  • November 29 – 44
  • November 28 – 43
  • November 27 – 47
  • November 26 – 49
  • November 25 – 46
  • November 24 – 46
  • November 23 – 42
  • November 22 – 49
  • November 21 – 51
  • November 20 – 68
  • November 19 – 71
  • November 18 – 81
  • November 17 – 84

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