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Coronavirus: 54 more deaths and 1,006 new cases – 21 of them in Laois – as increased travel fines to come

There have been a further 54 Coronavirus related deaths and 1,006 new cases according to the figures released by the health authorities this evening.

45 of these deaths occurred in February, 5 occurred in January and 4 are still under investigation.

The median age of those who died was 86 years and the age range was 48 – 104 years.

21 of the new cases are in Laois, meaning the county’s 14-day incidence rate increases to 292, up from 286.9 yesterday.

As of 8am today, 1,032 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 173 are in ICU. 40 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of February 7, 240,487 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

  • 153,654 people have received their first dose
  • 86,833 people have received their second dose

New Cases in Laois

  • February 9 – 21
  • 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

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

  • February 9 – 292.8
  • 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

New cases in Laois during past 14 days

    • February 9 – 248
    • 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

Travel fine to be increased to €2,000

The Government is seeking to increase fines for non-essential international travel from €500 to €2,000.

Speaking in the Dáil, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said that around 60% of international travellers arriving into Ireland are returning Irish holiday makers.

He told Labour’s Duncan Smith that “there is a sense that €500 is not a sufficient disincentive to travel abroad”.

Legislation will be brought forward for approval by Cabinet next Tuesday to deal with mandatory quarantine.

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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.