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Coronavirus: 54 further deaths and 1,335 new cases – 16 in Laois – as Taoiseach urges people not to go on holidays

There have been a further 54 Coronavirus-related deaths and 1,335 new cases according to figures released this evening by the health authorities.

50 of these deaths occurred in January.

The median age of those who died is 85 years and the age range is 55-96 years.

Of today’s new cases, 16 of them are in Laois, meaning the county’s 14-day incidence rate drops from 591 to 557.3.

There are now 472 confirmed active cases in the county, compared to 501 yesterday.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 618 are men / 711 are women
  • 54% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 43 years old
  • 437 in Dublin, 114 in Cork, 78 in Galway, 71 in Meath, 61 in Louth and the remaining 574 cases are spread across all other counties**

As of 2pm today, 1,670 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 217 are in ICU. 81 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The current 14 day incidence remains more than double the peak incidence experienced during previous Level 5 measures in October, therefore, now is not the time to drop your guard and start to interact with people outside your household.

“The risk of transmission in the community remains very high. We must continue to work towards reducing incidence of disease and preventing further hospitalisations and deaths.”

New Cases in Laois

  • January 26 – 16
  • January 25 – 9
  • 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

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

  • January 26 – 557
  • January 25 – 591
  • 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

New cases in Laois during past 14 days

    • January 26 – 472
    • January 25 – 501
    • 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

Taoiseach urges people not to go on holidays 

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said people from Ireland need to stop travelling abroad on holidays.

“Quite a significant number of people travelling from Ireland are travelling on holidays. That needs to stop,” he said.

The Taoiseach said the new measures would be implemented quickly, but opposition parties said it did not go far enough.

Amid repeated charges of failing to have a comprehensive plan to deal with this phase of the pandemic, the Taoiseach insisted the strategy was one of a prolonged suppression of the virus.

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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.