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Coronavirus: Four further deaths and 425 new cases as Tánaiste encourages use of antigen tests

There have been four further Coronavirus-related deaths and 425 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities today.

Two of these deaths occurred in May, one in February and one in January.

There is no county by county breakdown of the cases being provided today.

But if you take yesterday’s data, Laois has the sixth lowest incidence rate in the country.

When you consider that a walk-in test centre has been open all week in Portlaoise which has aimed to pick up asymptomatic cases – it shows the level of infection in the county is really low.

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.

Tánaiste encourages use of antigen tests

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar has urged more employers to use antigen testing, but not as a substitute for other public health precautions.

Mr Varadkar said they now had a “Government-endorsed” report on antigen testing, and acknowledged that many employers were already using it.

“I am encouraging more to do so,” he added.

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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.