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Coronavirus: 15 further deaths and 1,247 new cases – 22 of them in Laois

There have been a further 15 Coronavirus-related deaths and 1,247 new cases announced this evening by the health authorities.

Of the new cases, 22 of them are in Laois, meaning the county’s 14-day incidence rate drops to 379 from 421.5 yesterday.  It is the first time that the 14-day rate has been under 400 since January 1.

The current national 14-day rate is now 501, down from 536.6 yesterday. A week ago that figure stood at 840.7 while two weeks ago it was 1,487.9.

All 15 deaths announced today occurred in January.

The median age of those who died is 84 years and the age range is 68-99 years.

As of midnight, Saturday 30th January, the HPSC has been notified of 1,247 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 579 are men/659 are women
  • 60% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 39 years old
  • 430 of the new cases are in Dublin, 97 in Wexford, 87 in Cork, 84 in Limerick, 76 in Galway and the remaining 473 cases are spread across all other counties**

As of 2pm today, 1,516 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 211 are in ICU. 39 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “There is an onus on employers to ensure that, in the first instance, staff are encouraged to work from home and in cases where that is not possible, that their workplaces are safe for staff and customers and in full compliance with infection prevention and control measures.

“The HPSC has comprehensive guidance on outbreak management and infection prevention control measures that every employer should be familiar with and activating on their premises.

“I encourage all employers and managers to review their workplaces and ensure they have effective measures in place.”

New Cases in Laois

  • January 30 – 22
  • January 29 – 11
  • January 28 – 18
  • January 27 – 15
  • 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

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

  • January 30 – 379
  • January 29 – 421.5
  • January 28 – 465.2
  • January 27 – 504.2
  • 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

New cases in Laois during past 14 days

    • January 30 – 321
    • January 29 – 357
    • January 28 – 394
    • January 27 – 427
    • 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

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