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Coronavirus: Two further deaths and 383 new cases as nursing home visits to be increased

Coronavirus updates

There have been two further Coronavirus-related deaths and 383 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities today.

With less than five new cases announced today, Laois now has a 14-day incidence rate of 54.3.

After being the third highest county in the country a matter of weeks ago, Laois now has the seventh lowest incidence rate in the country.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 194 are men / 189 are women
  • 79% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 28 years old
  • 129 in Dublin, 40 in Kildare, 32 in Meath, 25 in Donegal, 25 in Louth and the remaining 132 cases are spread across 21 other counties

As of 8am today, 144 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 41 are in ICU. 10 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of Sunday May 2nd, 1,604,644 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

  • 1,159,083 people have received their first dose
  • 445,561 people have received their second dose

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, the Department of Health said: “As we move closer to the easing of restrictions on 10 May, we can look forward to opportunities to enjoy the better weather and to meeting with our family and close friends safely and with the public health measures in mind.

“The virus is still circulating in the community and is still a risk, particularly to those who have yet to be vaccinated.

“Collectively we know how to interrupt the spread of this disease, so when you are making plans for coming week, don’t underestimate the need to keep your distance, meet outdoors where possible and wash your hands.

“And if it’s crowded, turn around and come back another time. Together these simple measures will minimise the risk of infection.”

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.

Lives of nursing home residents to improve

Nursing home residents will be able to see more visitors and go on organised outings as restrictions are eased.

Where around eight out of every 10 residents have been vaccinated, residents will be allowed have four visits, by two people each week.

Organised outings for residents by bus or car will also be possible, once there is a high level of vaccination among residents and if a risk assessment has been conducted in each case.

Nursing Homes Ireland CEO Tadhg Daly said it is a hugely important day.

SEE ALSO – Gardai hit out at ‘anti-social’ behaviour at popular Laois tourist location – Laois Today

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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.