LATEST: Covid-19 pandemic reaches grim milestone in Ireland but daily figures low in Laois

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LATEST: Today’s figures on Covid-19

Less than five new cases of Covid-19 were once again recorded in Laois according to the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) which announced that 2,000 people in Ireland have died after contracting the virus.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 12 additional deaths related to COVID-19. It brings to the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland to 2006.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said it was a sad figure to reach..

“Today we sadly report over 2,000 deaths associated with COVID-19 to date in this country. This pandemic has impacted, directly and indirectly, on families and communities all across Ireland.

“It is important that we continue to work together if we are to suppress this virus and protect as many people as possible. For the next two weeks, work from home, stay at home and follow public health advice.” 

As of midnight Tuesday 17th November, the HPSC has been notified of 379 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 69,058 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

NPHET highlighted 116 in Dublin, 38 in Donegal, 30 in Meath, 27 in Cork, 22 in Limerick, 22 in Louth. The remaining 124 cases are spread across all other counties. 

NPHET does not reveal the number of cases in a county if there have been five or less cases in a day for confidentiality reasons. Laois is one of nine counties in this category.

The incidence of the disease in Laois is now 99.2 per 100,000 population on the back of 84 cases in the past two weeks. The 14-day incidence in Ireland is 119.9 per 100k.

The Government's Covid-19 website publishes the county by county by county figures a day later then NPHET's daily report. It shows that one new case was recorded on Monday bringing to 936 the total number of cases in the county since February. 

Of the cases notified on Tuesday;

  • 174 are men / 203 are women
  • 64% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 36 years old

As of 2pm today 282 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 33 are in ICU. 22 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.