The incidence rate of Covid-19 in Laois is now among the highest in the country as the daily number of cases nationwide continues to increase.
The most recent available figures show up to last Thursday night, July 22, and highlight that there had been 308 cases in Laois in the previous 14 days – 229 of them in the previous seven days.
It means Laois’s 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 people is 363.6, behind only Louth and Donegal on the overall table.
Donegal are at 883.8 with Louth at 531.5 with the national average at 290.3. Kilkenny has currently the lowest rate at 106.8.
According to the latest figures, almost 28% of the cases are under 18 with a further 59% of them aged between 18 and 44.
Less than 1% of the cases are in people over 75.
The most recent daily cases announced on Monday evening showed that there had been a further 1,345 new cases with 141 people in hospital and 25 in intensive care.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said there is a high incidence of Covid-19 across many counties and there has been a significant increase in hospitalisation over the last two weeks.
“Please continue to avoid crowded spaces, keep distance from others, keep indoor settings well ventilated by opening windows and doors, wear a mask where appropriate,” he said.
Deputy Chief Medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn urged people to get vaccinated as soon as they have the opportunity to do so.