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Coronavirus: 18 further deaths and 358 new cases – as six stillbirths and one miscarriage from ‘Covid placentitis’ recorded this year

Coronavirus updates

There have been 18 further Coronavirus-related deaths and 358 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities today.

With 6 new cases announced today, Laois now has a 14-day incidence rate of 196.

This leaves us fourth highest in the country behind Offaly (13), Kildare (16) and Dublin (166) – with the national average at 396.

As of midnight, Monday 12th April, the HPSC has been notified of 358 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

There has now been a total of 241,684 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 163 are men / 192 are women
  • 73% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 31 years old
  • 166 in Dublin, 39 in Donegal, 16 in Kildare, 13 in Offaly, 12 in Meath, 12 in Limerick and the remaining 100 cases are spread across 18 other counties.

As of 8am today, 205 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 48 are in ICU. 11 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of April 11th 2021, 1,063,666 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

  • 749,450 people have received their first dose
  • 314,216 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 12 – 6
  • April 11 – 12
  • April 10 – 2
  • 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

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

  • April 12 – 196
  • 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

New cases in Laois during past 14 days

  • April 12 – 166
  • April 11 – 171
  • April 10 – 195
  • 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

Six stillbirths and one miscarriage from ‘Covid placentitis’ recorded this year

Six cases of stillbirth and one case of second trimester miscarriage caused by Covid placentitis have been recorded since January 2021 in Ireland.

This is according to the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland’s Faculty of Pathology and the Institute of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists.

They say: “The 6 cases are on a background of a total of 11 cases of SARS-CoV2 placentitis identified in Ireland since the start of the pandemic.

“Results to date, from the baby’s deaths, indicate a link with the B.1.1.7 variant of concern which may explain why this finding was not a significant feature of the 1st and 2nd waves in 2020.

“It may also partially explain why it is not a clear feature of COVID-19 infection in the international literature to date, which largely dates from COVID-19 cases seen in 2020.

“This condition appears to occur a relatively short time after contracting COVID-19 infection, ranging up to 21 days from experiencing symptoms. Maternal COVID-19 symptoms varied from none to moderate. Gestations involved ranged from 20- 36 weeks.

“Current clinical advice is for pregnant women to notify their treating hospital if they test positive for COVID-19, so as to ensure appropriate follow up, and to present early if there are concerns regarding reduced fetal movements.

“Pregnant women should continue all measures to avoid contracting COVID-19 infection.”

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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.