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Coronavirus: No further deaths and 394 new cases – as NIAC set to recommend AstraZeneca only be used for over 60s

There have been no further Coronavirus-related deaths and 394 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities today.

With 12 new cases announced today, Laois now has a 14-day incidence rate of 201.9.

This leaves us fourth highest in the country behind Offaly (278.3), Kildare (213) and Dublin (207.2) – with the national average at 131.9

Of the cases notified today:

  • 179 are men / 214 are women
  • 75% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 33 years old
  • 175 in Dublin, 34 in Kildare, 21 in Galway, 21 in Mayo, 20 in Limerick and the remaining 123 cases are spread across 18 other counties

As of 8am today, 227 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 50 are in ICU. 22 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of April 10th 2021, 1,058,394 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

  • 745,363 people have received their first dose
  • 313,031 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

  • April 11 – 12
  • April 10 – Not Provided
  • April 9 – 15
  • April 8 – 7
  • April 7 – 13
  • April 6 – 6
  • April 5 – 12
  • April 4 – 7
  • April 3 – 12
  • April 2 – 20
  • April 1 – 27
  • March 31 – 16
  • March 30 – 14
  • March 29 – 7
  • March 28 – 16

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

  • April 11 – 201.9
  • April 9/10 – Not Provided
  • April 8 – 231.4
  • April 7 – 240.6
  • April 6 – 232.6
  • April 5 – 244.4
  • April 2/3/4 – Not Provided
  • April 1 – 222
  • March 31 – 210.2
  • March 30 – 197.2
  • March 29 – 187.7
  • March 28 – 180.6

New cases in Laois during past 14 days

  • April 11 – 171
  • April 10 – Not provided
  • April 9 – 211
  • April 8 – 196
  • April 7 – 204
  • April 6 – 197
  • April 5 – 207
  • April 2/3/4 – Not Provided
  • April 1 – 188
  • March 31 – 178
  • March 30 – 167
  • March 29 – 159
  • March 28 – 153

NIAC to recommend changes to AstraZeneca

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) is expected to recommend that only people over 60 years of age should get the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

RTE News say NIAC will convey its position to Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn who will report the advice to the Government and then to the Health Service Executive.

The development follows reports of a possible link between the vaccine and rare blood clotting issues in a small number of adults.

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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.