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Coronavirus: Eight further deaths and 309 new cases – as Level 3 anticipated in May

There have been eight further Coronavirus-related deaths and 309 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities today.

Of the deaths reported today, 4 occurred in April, 2 occurred in February and 2 occurred in January or earlier.

With eight new cases announced today, Laois now has a 14-day incidence rate of 178.3 – the eighth successive day of decrease.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 168 are men / 141 are women
  • 71% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 35 years old
  • 107 in Dublin, 30 in Kildare, 21 in Meath, 14 in Offaly, 14 in Limerick and the remaining 104 cases are spread across 18 other counties

As of 8am today, 184 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 51 are in ICU. 22 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of April 12th, 2021, 1,094,964 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

  • 769,721 people have received their first dose
  • 325,243 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 14 – 8
  • April 13 – 9
  • 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

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

  • April 14 – 178.3
  • April 13 – 188.9
  • 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

New cases in Laois during past 14 days

  • April 14 – 151
  • April 13 – 160
  • 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

Level 3 anticipated in May 

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said the Government is on track to ease restrictions on 4 May.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland programme, Mr Varadkar said all decisions are based on four elements: the vaccines, the variants, virus case numbers, and how hospitals are coping.

He said the Government will consider allowing more outdoor activity and a return to Level 3 restrictions in May, with retail and personal services, such as hairdressing and barbers, gradually reopening during the month.

At the end of April, the Government intends to develop a plan for June and July

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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.