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Coronavirus: 20 further deaths and 584 new cases as all students to return to school on April 12

There have been 20 further Coronavirus-related deaths and 584 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities this evening.

Of the deaths reported today, 11 occurred in March, 3 in February and 6 in January.

15 of the cases announced are in Laois, meaning the county’s 14-day incidence rate has increased from 116.9 to 129.9.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 297 are men / 286 are women
  • 72% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 34 years old
  • 222 in Dublin, 44 in Kildare, 33 in Offaly, 31 in Meath, 29 in Westmeath and the remaining 225 cases are spread across 19 other counties

As of 8am today, 317 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 67 are in ICU. 25 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of March 23rd 2021, 709,348 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

  • 515,800 people have received their first dose
  • 193,548 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 25 – 15
  • March 24 – 6
  • 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

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

  • March 25 – 129.9
  • March 24 – 116.9
  • 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

New cases in Laois during past 14 days

  • March 25 – 110
  • March 24 – 99
  • 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

All students to return to school on April 12

The Department of Education has confirmed that all remaining second level students will return to in-school education on 12 April in what will be the final phase of school reopening.

The last group to go back to class on that date will be first to fourth year students.

In a letter to second level schools, the Department said it wishes to reaffirm the Government’s intention that all students will return to school after the Easter Break on 12 April.

It said the Department of Education, the Department of Health and the HSE are monitoring and reviewing the operation of schools on an ongoing basis and keeping infection prevention and control measures under review.

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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.