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Coronavirus: 94 further deaths and 1,013 new cases – six of them in Laois – as government criticised over quarantine

There have been a further 94 Coronavirus-related deaths and 1,013 new cases announced this evening by the health authorities.

47 of these deaths occurred in February, 44 occurred in January, 2 in December and 1 in November.

The median age of those who died is 82 years and the age range is 36-100 years.

Of the new cases, just six of them are in Laois, meaning the county’s 14-day incidence rate falls to 308.2 from 348.3 yesterday.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 465 are men / 543 are women
  • 56% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 41 years old
  • 337 in Dublin, 96 in Galway, 65 in Cork, 60 in Kildare, 48 in Louth and the remaining 407 cases are spread across all other counties.

As of 2pm today, 1,334 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 203 are in ICU. 66 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “At the outset of this pandemic, as a global community we knew much less about COVID-19 than we do now. We did not know then that today we would have a portfolio of approved vaccines to mitigate the worst effects of COVID-19, adding to our toolkit of public health measures such as social distancing, reducing contacts, mask-wearing, cough/sneeze hygiene and washing our hands.

“Now more than ever, as we are continuing to see the tragic effects of the recent surge of COVID-19 infection in the form of mortality, hospitalisation and ICU admission, we should remember the public health advice that has carried us so far in this pandemic, and helped us to suppress COVID-19 together successfully in the past.

“It is the collective hard work and ongoing sacrifice of people across Ireland in following these public health measures that will keep us all safe at this time, as we look ahead to the increased rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine on the horizon. Keep it up, and encourage others to do the same. In short: the present is the time to protect yourself and stay safe, in order to receive your vaccine in the future.”

New Cases in Laois

  • February 2 –
  • February 1 – 16
  • January 31 – 27
  • 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

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

  • February 2 –
  • February 1 – 348.3
  • January 31 – 383.7
  • 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

New cases in Laois during past 14 days

    • February 2 –
    • February 1 – 295
    • January 31 – 325
    • 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

Government criticised over quarantine measures 

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has faced calls in the Dáil to introduce immediate hotel quarantine.

The Government has also faced criticisms of its handling of new rules and confusing communications in media in the last 24 hours.

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said the Government’s “half baked” quarantine plan falls short of what is needed to fight this deadly virus.

She said the logic of Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly’s comments is that people in quarantine can mix with others in their home.

Ms McDonald said it will be weeks before there is legislation to allow hotels to be used for quarantine.

“We need a mandatory system of quarantine … and I ask you to drop the half measures,” she told the Dáil during Leaders’ Questions.

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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.