LATEST: Laois jump in cases highlighted by NPHET as 390 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland reported this Monday

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Coronavirus cases in Laois

Laois features in the daily statement from National Public Health Emergency Teams daily Covid-19 statement which reveals that a futher 390 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Ireland this Monday, September 28.

Following on from the six cases confirmed in Laois on Friday, September 25, NPHET, has listed the five new cases in the county in its daily statement issued on Monday evening. It brings to 447 the number of new cases in Laois since February.

After a relatively stable last seven days, there have now been 62 cases in Laois since the start of September.

As of midnight Sunday, 27 September, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre says the latest batch of COVID-19 means the a there have been a total of 35,377* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today  209 cases are in Dublin, 27 in Cork, 22 in Donegal, 21 in Galway,14 in Kildare, 14 in Monaghan, 7 in Roscommon, 7 in Tipperary, 7 in Waterford, 7 in Wexford, 6 in Limerick, 6 in Longford, 5 in Laois, 5 in Meath, 5 in Offaly, 5 in Sligo, with the remaining 23 cases in 8 counties.

·         189 are men /199 are women

·         66% are under 45 years of age

·         36% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case

·         45 cases have been identified as community transmission

Fortunately, NPHET says there were no further deaths reported, leaving the total at 1,802 of people dying with Covid-19. 

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:

“I am asking everyone, but particularly those living and working in Cork, Galway, Monaghan and Roscommon, to adhere to the public health advice. There is still time to get the virus back under control in these areas, break the chains of transmission and stop the spread of this highly infectious disease in these communities.

"We know the key actions to take to stay safe, by keeping a 2m distance, reducing your social contacts, wearing a face mask, covering coughs and sneezes and staying at home and contacting your GP if you start to feel unwell, you are doing everything you can to take care of yourself and those around you,” he said.

Dr. Michael Power, Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine, Beaumount Hospital, said: “Jerick Martin’s story and experience tell us that the COVID virus was and remains unforgiving, unrelenting and dangerous. It reminds us that compliance with public health measures is to key to limiting the spread of this disease.”

Lorna Fitzpatrick, President of the Union of Students in Ireland said: “This is a really difficult time for young people, but students have a vital role to play in keeping everyone in the community safe. My message to students today is to keep the public health guidelines in mind when you are making plans and decisions about where to go and who to see. Also, it is so important to take care of your mental health at this time. Make sure you are reaching out to friends and family on the phone, online and in small, safe ways in person. Remember that talking to others and asking for help when you need it is essential at the moment.”

Liam Woods, HSE National Director, Acute Operations said: “The front line on COVID-19 is in the ICU wards and in the hospitals. As numbers increase in the community, the pressure on healthcare workers and frontline services intensifies. We need to continue to pull together in the coming weeks to minimise the spread of the disease in our homes, our communities and our workplaces, to ease the pressure on vital COVID and non-COVID healthcare services.”

The county by county breakdown is revealed two days after the daily figures are published. The figures Laois and neighbouring counties for Saturday, September 26 is as follows:

Laois 442 - no change. 

Offaly 712 - up 2. 

Kildare 2,541 - up 4. 

Carlow 281 - no change.

Kilkenny 454 - up 9. 

Tipperary 774 - no 5. 

Dublin 16,608 - up 314. 

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.