There have been no further Coronavirus-related deaths and 381 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 41.3.
This is well below the national average of 129 and Laois now has the sixth lowest incidence rate in the country.
Of the cases notified today:
- 192 are men / 188 are women
- 77% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 31 years old
- 188 in Dublin, 39 in Donegal, 30 in Kildare, 13 in Limerick, 13 in Cork, 13 in Tipperary, 13 in Westmeath and the remaining 72 cases are spread across 15 other counties
As of 8am today, 124 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU. 15 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
As of Saturday 8th May, 1,827,610 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:
- 1,327,821 people have received their first dose
- 499,789 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.
Calls for once-off bank holiday in September
The Irish Tourism Industry Confederation has urged the Government to introduce a one-off bank holiday this September.
The ITIC said that creating an additional bank holiday at the end of September would stretch the domestic tourism season as well as reward a hard-pressed public.
It said that with only nine bank holidays, Ireland compares unfavourably to the rest of Europe.
“Considering the impact of the pandemic, now is the year for Ireland to create a bank holiday on the last Monday in September,” Eoghan O’Mara Walsh, CEO of ITIC, said.