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Coronavirus: 61 more deaths and 2,488 new cases – 38 of them in Laois

There have been a further 61 Coronavirus-related deaths and 2,488new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities today.

Of the deaths reported today, 58 deaths occurred in January.

The median age of those who died was 83 years and the age range was 41-100 years.

38 of the new cases are in Laois, meaning the county’s 14-day incidence rate falls to 851.3, from 933.9 yesterday. The national 14-day rate now stands at 1,222

There are now 721 confirmed active cases in the county, compared to 791 yesterday.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 1,090 are men / 1,383 are women
  • 51% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 44 years old
  • 726 in Dublin, 314 in Cork, 148 in Galway, 133 in Limerick, 130 in Meath and the remaining 1,037 cases are spread across all other counties.

As of 2pm today, 1,923 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 210 were in ICU at 11am. 85 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The number of cases and deaths that we are reporting today and the persisting high incidence rate of COVID-19 across the country shows that we cannot underestimate the highly infectious nature of this disease and the impact that it can have on families and communities.

“The virus spreads through close contacts, through the congregation of people. We need everyone to stay at home as much as possible, and to work from home, where possible. You should not meet up with friends or loved ones, unless you are caring for them.

“If you go out for exercise, you need to stay within 5km from your home, wear a face covering where appropriate and wash your hands when you return home to protect yourself from infection.

“If you are COVID positive you should self-isolate and stay at home, in your room, avoiding contact with other people. This is to protect the other people that you live with.”

New Cases in Laois

  • January 19 –
  • January 18 – 46
  • January 17 – 24
  • January 16 – 62
  • January 15 – 48
  • January 14 – 53
  • January 13 – 60
  • January 12 – 45
  • January 11 – 40
  • January 10 – 63
  • January 9 – 105
  • January 8 – 6
  • January 7 – 55
  • January 6 – 82
  • January 5 – 107

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

  • January 19 –
  • January 18 – 933.9
  • January 17 – 898.5
  • January 16 – 964.6
  • January 15 – 935.1
  • January 14 – 1001.2
  • January 13 – 952.8
  • January 12 – 941
  • January 11 – 913.8
  • January 10 – 911.5
  • January 9 – 843
  • January 8 – 722.6
  • January 7 – 742.6
  • January 6 – 689.5
  • January 5 – 606.9

New cases in Laois during past 14 days

    • January 19 –
    • January 18 – 791
    • January 17 – 761
    • January 16 – 817
    • January 15 – 792
    • January 14 – 848
    • January 13 – 807
    • January 12 – 797
    • January 11 – 774
    • January 10 – 772
    • January 9 – 714
    • January 8 – 612
    • January 7 – 629
    • January 6 – 584
    • January 5 – 514

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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.