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Coronavirus: 18 further deaths and 683 new cases as walk-in test centres established

There have been 18 further Coronavirus-related deaths and 683 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities this evening.

Of the deaths reported today, 6 occurred in March, 7 in February and 5 in January.

18 of the cases announced are in Laois, meaning the county’s 14-day incidence rate has increased again, to 119.2

Of the cases notified today:

  • 324 are men / 359 are women
  • 75% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 32 years old
  • 308 in Dublin, 68 in Donegal, 49 in Kildare, 35 in Meath, 30 in Offaly and the remaining 193 cases are spread across 21 other counties

As of 8am today, 329 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 76 are in ICU. 18 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of March 21st 2021, 680,015 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

  • 495,824 people have received their first dose
  • 184,191 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 23 – 18
  • 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

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

  • March 23 – 119.2
  • 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

New cases in Laois during past 14 days

  • March 23 – 101
  • 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

Walk-in test centres

No GP appointment will be needed, or fee will apply, for anyone using the new walk-in Covid-19 test centres that are being created to target areas where positive cases are particularly high.

The aim of the initiative is to help understand why disease is spreading, and in particular, help uncover cases without symptoms.

The public can use the free testing service if they are aged over 16, do not have Covid-19 symptoms, but would like to be tested, may not have their own GP, and live within 5km of the test centre.

Walk-in test centre locations will be open at the following locations, according to the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly:

Aura Leisure Centre, Tullamore
National Aquatic Centre Car Park, Blanchardstown
HSE Phoenix Care Centre Car Park, Grangegorman
Tallaght Stadium
Irishtown Stadium

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