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Coronavirus: 90 further deaths and 928 new cases – nine in Laois

There have been a further 90 Coronavirus-related deaths and 928 new cases according to figures released this evening by the health authorities.

89 of these deaths occurred in January – with the date of death of one person awaiting investigation.

The median age of those who died is 83 years and the age range is 48-99 years.

Of today’s new cases, nine of them are in Laois, meaning the county’s 14-day incidence rate drops from 628.1 to 591.

There are now 501 confirmed active cases in the county, compared to 532 yesterday.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 418 are men / 506 are women
  • 50% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 44 years old
  • 257 in Dublin, 115 in Cork, 71 in Louth, 53 in Galway, 45 in Limerick and the remaining 387 cases are spread across all other counties

As of 2pm today, 1,750 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 216 are in ICU. 65 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “Today we are reporting a further 90 deaths, bringing our cumulative total of lives lost to COVID-19 to more than 3,000 in Ireland. This highly infectious disease is having a severe impact on the most vulnerable in our society and we must continue the good work we are doing to suppress it.

“The decline in daily incidence of COVID-19 has begun, however the volume of disease in our communities remains very high. To date we have reported 96,000 cases in January 2021, which has already passed the total of 93,500 cases reported in 2020. Indeed, public health doctors in the Midlands reported a total of 4,000 cases in the first 8 months of 2020 and another 4,000 cases in the first four weeks of 2021.

“Through our enhanced public health surveillance programme, we have identified 6 additional cases linked to the Southern African variant of concern. All cases are being followed up by public health teams in line with the latest ECDC guidance published on the 21st January.

“The downturn in incidence has been achieved through the determination of people across the country to stay at home, to work from home and to avoid meeting and socialising with others. It is imperative that everyone continues to strictly adhere to the public health advice to protect ourselves and our loved ones from this highly-infectious disease.”

New Cases in Laois

  • January 25 –
  • January 24 – 25
  • January 23 – 17
  • January 22 – 17
  • January 21 – 17
  • January 20 – 45
  • January 19 – 38
  • January 18 – 46
  • January 17 – 24
  • January 16 – 62
  • January 15 – 48
  • January 14 – 53
  • January 13 – 60
  • January 12 – 45

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

  • January 25 –
  • January 24 – 628.1
  • January 23 – 673
  • January 22 – 776.9
  • January 21 – 763.9
  • January 20 – 807.6
  • January 19 – 851.3
  • 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

New cases in Laois during past 14 days

    • January 25 –
    • January 24 – 532
    • January 23 – 570
    • January 22 –  658
    • January 21 – 647
    • January 20 – 684
    • January 19 – 721
    • January 18 – 791
    • January 17 – 761
    • January 16 – 817
    • January 15 – 792
    • January 14 – 848
    • January 13 – 807
    • January 12 – 797

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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.