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Coronavirus: 24 further deaths and 371 new cases as Education Minister says school outbreaks ‘remain low’

Coronavirus updates

There have been 24 further Coronavirus-related deaths and 371 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities this evening.

12 deaths occurred in March, 10 in February and 2 in January.

The median age of those who died was 82 years and the age range was 49 – 100 years.

Eight of the cases announced are in Laois, meaning the county’s 14-day incidence rate has increased again, to 99.2.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 183 are men / 187 are women
  • 75% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 30 years old
  • 151 in Dublin, 31 in Offaly, 27 in Donegal, 25 in Galway, 21 in Meath and the remaining 116 cases are spread across 16 other counties

As of 8am today, 357 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 76 are in ICU. 25 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of March 20th 2021, 675,946 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

  • 492,106 people have received their first dose
  • 183,840 people have received their second dose

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community including daily data on Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.

New Cases in Laois

  • March 22 – 8
  • March 21 – 8
  • March 20 – 10
  • March 19 – 5
  • March 18 – 16
  • March 17 – 5
  • March 16 – 6
  • March 15 – 4
  • March 14 – 2
  • March 13 – 5
  • March 12 – 3
  • March 11 – 2
  • March 10 – 8
  • March 9 – 3
  • March 8 – 1
  • March 7 – 5

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

  • March 22 – 99.2
  • March 21 – 90.9
  • March 20 – 85
  • March 19 – 83.8
  • March 18 – 83.8
  • March 17 – 76.7
  • March 16 – 77.9
  • March 15 – 86.2
  • March 14 – 81.5
  • March 13 – 93.3
  • March 12 – 103.9
  • March 11 – 118.1
  • March 10 – 133.4
  • March 9 – 135.8
  • March 8 – 157
  • March 7 – 168.8

New cases in Laois during past 14 days

  • March 22 – 84
  • March 21 – 77
  • March 20 – 72
  • March 19 – 71
  • March 18 – 71
  • March 17 – 65
  • March 16 – 66
  • March 15 – 73
  • March 14 – 69
  • March 13 – 79
  • March 12 – 88
  • March 11 – 100
  • March 10 – 113
  • March 9 – 115
  • March 8 – 133
  • March 7 – 143

Education Minister on Covid in schools 

Minister for Education Norma Foley has told an Oireachtas Committee that outbreaks of Covid-19 in schools have remained at a very low level.

She said that close contact testing showed a positivity rate of 2.4% compared to over 10% in the wider community.

Minister Foley referred to reports by chair of the Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group Professor Philip Nolan showing the increased rates among young people were not being detected or transmitted within the school environment.

Ms Foley said it shows the very strong mitigation measures in place in schools and particularly the work being done on the ground by staff and students in abiding by these measures.

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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.