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Coronavirus: Eight further deaths and 448 new cases as Covid cases in schools drop by more than a quarter

There have been eight further Coronavirus-related deaths and 448 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities today.

Of the deaths notified today 3 occurred in March, 2 occurred in February and 3 occurred in January or earlier.

With less than five new cases announced today, Laois now has a 14-day incidence rate of 37.8.

This is well below the national average of 129.7 and Laois now has the fourth lowest incidence rate in the country – just behind Mayo, Kerry and Sligo.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 213 are men / 230 are women
  • 78% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 29 years old
  • 229 in Dublin, 38 in Meath, 35 in Kildare, 34 in Cork, 16 in Limerick and the remaining 96 cases are spread across 16 other counties.

As of 8am today, 109 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 34 are in ICU. 12 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of Monday 10th May, 1,882,635 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

  • 1,376,583 people have received their first dose
  • 506,052 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.

Covid cases in schools drop by more than a quarter

The latest HSE data on Covid-19 testing in schools shows that cases have dropped by over a quarter in second level schools.

There was a 27% decrease in the number of infections detected in the 13-18 years age group, down from 399 to 291 cases.

Overall there was a decrease of 7% in the number of under 18-year olds who tested positive last week compared to the week before.

A total of 930 children tested positive compared to 1,000 the previous week.

The only age category to show a rise in figures was amongst primary school children aged 5-12 years, with 56 more cases detected – an increase of 14% from 390 to 446.

In the 0-4 years group there was an 8.5% decrease in numbers detected, down from 211 to 193 cases.

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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.