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Coronavirus: 68 more deaths and 556 new cases – 10 of them in Laois – as UK clamp down on quarantine

There have been a further 68 Coronavirus related deaths and 556 new cases according to the figures released by the health authorities this evening.

50 of these deaths occurred in February,15 occurred in January and 2 in December.

The median age of those who died was 85 years and the age range was 43-96 years.

10 of the new cases are in Laois, meaning the county’s 14-day incidence rate rises to 286.9, up from 281 yesterday.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 284 are men / 268 are women
  • 60% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 39 years old
  • 163 in Dublin, 45 in Limerick, 38 in Galway, 34 in Cork, 29 in Waterford and the remaining 247 cases are spread across 20 other counties

As of 8am today, 1,104 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 182 are in ICU. 54 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of February 6th, 236,996 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

  • 152,652 people have received their first dose
  • 84,344 people have received their second dose

New Cases in Laois

  • February 8 – 10
  • February 7 – 11
  • February 6 – 21
  • February 5 – 18
  • February 4 – 15
  • February 3 – 19
  • February 2 – 6
  • February 1 – 16
  • January 31 – 27
  • January 30 – 22
  • January 29 – 11
  • January 28 – 18
  • January 27 – 15
  • January 26 – 16

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

  • February 8 – 286.9
  • February 7 – 281
  • February 6 – 298.7
  • February 5 – 289.3
  • February 4 – 288.1
  • February 3 – 277.5
  • February 2 – 308.2
  • 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

New cases in Laois during past 14 days

    • February 8 – 243
    • February 7 – 238
    • February 6 – 253
    • February 5 – 245
    • February 4 – 244
    • February 3 – 235
    • February 2 – 261
    • February 1 – 295
    • January 31 – 325
    • January 30 – 321
    • January 29 – 357
    • January 28 – 394
    • January 27 – 427
    • January 26 – 472

UK clamps down on quarantine 

Britain has announced tough new measures to curb the spread of coronavirus variants from abroad, including steep fines and even jail time for those who break the rules.

Now, travellers who already must show evidence of a negative test 72 hours before their trip will have to take two Covid tests during a mandatory 10-day quarantine period.

The tests will have to be taken on days two and eight of self-isolation after arrival, with any positive result adding 10 more days to the confinement.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told parliament that British or Irish residents arriving from 33 countries deemed high risk of new variants will have to stay in one of 16 designated hotels in England.

Travellers will have to stay in their rooms, have meals delivered to them and pay out their own pocket at a cost of £1,750 (approx €2,000).

Anyone refusing to take tests risks a fine of between £1,000 and £2,000, while those who do not self-isolate could have to pay between £5,000 and £10,000.

Travellers found to have given false information about being in a “red list” country 10 days before travel could receive up to 10 years in prison.

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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.