LATEST: Laois holds steady on Covid-19 spread for a second day

Saturday, May 23

Conor Ganly & Lynda Kiernan

Reporter:

Conor Ganly & Lynda Kiernan

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Coronavirus cases in Laois

For the second day running, no new people have been infected with Covid-19 in Laois according to the latest figures this Saturday, May 23.

The absence of new cases was confirmed in figures from The Department of Health for the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

The county breakdown relates to the most recent figures confirmed on Thursday, May 21.

A total of 256 people have tested positive in Laois since the end of February according to the latest county by county breakdown. 

The spread of the virus continues to still rise slowly in the midlands and neighbouring counties.

In Offaly, there are tep new cases reported up to 475 up from 473. 

Kildare has a total of 1,387 cases up from 1,383 the previous day.

Tipperary has a total of 528 cases - down from one the previous day as a case was denotified.

Kilkenny has 319 up from 316 since yesterday's report.

Carlow's total is 151 the same as the previous day.

Westmeath also remains the same for a second day at 661. Longford has 280 - no change also for the past two days.

Dublin has 11,830 up from 11,794 cases. 

Up to date national figures for Saturday, May show that another 13 more people have died in Ireland after contracting the virus.

The newly confirmed fatalities bring to 1,604 the number of deaths related to Covid-19 in the Republic.

A further 76 people were confirmed as having caught the virus. A total of 24,582 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Ireland since the first confirmed infection on February 29.

Read more on the national figures today here 

Restrictions began to lift on Monday, May 18 with Phase I of the lockdown roadmap starting.

People are still being told to stay at home unless going out for the following reasons:

- To go to work is if your workplace is open and you can't work from home.

- To shop for items that you need.

- To exercise within 5km of your home.

- For medical reasons including the care of others.

- To meet with friends and family within 5km, in groups of no more than four (while social distancing).

Garden centres, hardware stores re-opened as well as mechanics and opticians. Construction workers could also go back to work.

Golf and tennis are the first sports to be allowed re-commence but people can only play if they are within 5km of their home. Only members will be allowed to participate.