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Coronavirus: 18 further deaths and 761 new cases – as Gardai investigating Dublin ‘GAA training’

There have been 18 further Coronavirus-related deaths and 761 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities today.

Of the deaths reported today 11 occurred in March and 7 occurred in February. 

The median age of those who died was 81 years and the age range was 59 – 95 years.

Of today’s cases, 16 of them are in Laois, meaning the county’s 14-day rate is now 210.2 – almost treble what it was two weeks ago.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 383 are men / 373 are women
  • 72% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 33 years old
  • 372 in Dublin, 55 in Meath, 43 in Cork, 40 in Kildare, 38 in Offaly and the remaining 213 cases are spread across 19 other counties

As of 8am today, 274 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 63 are in ICU. 18 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of March 29th  2021, 819,676 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

  • 590,688 people have received their first dose
  • 228,988 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 31 – 16
  • March 30 – 14
  • March 29 – 7
  • March 28 – 16
  • March 27 – 19
  • March 26 – 17
  • 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

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

  • March 31 – 210.2
  • March 30 – 197.2
  • March 29 – 187.7
  • March 28 – 180.6
  • March 27 – 162.9
  • March 26 – 145.2
  • 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

New cases in Laois during past 14 days

  • March 31 – 178
  • March 30 – 167
  • March 29 – 159
  • March 28 – 153
  • March 27 – 138
  • March 26 – 123
  • 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

Gardai investigating alleged Dublin ‘GAA training’

Gardai say they are “making inquiries into reports of alleged breaches of Covid Regulations” after pictures of members of the Dublin football panel seemingly involved in a training session were published by the Irish Independent this morning.

In a statement, they said that if breaches of public health regulations are identified, fines may be issued “where appropriate”.

In a statement issued this morning, the GAA said: “It is with frustration and extreme disappointment that the GAA acknowledges reports today of a potential breach of both our own Covid guidelines and those of the Government relating to the restrictions in place around team training.

“Less than 48 hours ago, the association reiterated its commitment to these current guidelines and called for continued compliance in the weeks ahead.

“The GAA will pursue the allegations with the units in question at the earliest opportunity and will invoke any necessary disciplinary processes as appropriate.

“In the meantime, while we acknowledge that the overwhelming majority of Counties and Clubs have complied in an appropriate and responsible way with the restrictions currently in place, we once again call on our members and units to uphold the integrity of the association as part of our ongoing efforts to play our role in thwarting the virus and ensuring a return to activity when it is safe to do so.”

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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.