Coronavirus cases in Laois
While the rate of new Covid-19 cases in Laois continues to rise, Ireland has the lowest 14 day rate in the whole of the EU, says Dr Tony Holohan.
He has warned against complacency this Wednesday December 2 however, and urges Christmas shoppers to "avoid high risk situations".
The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) reports five further deaths and 270 new cases.
There is now a total of 73,066* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland, and a total of 2,074 COVID-19 related deaths.
Less than five new cases were recorded in Laois. The actual number of new cases on a day is not published where there have been between one and four cases for confidentiality reasons. Laois was one of 12 counties to have less than five new cases.
The incidence in Laois remains today at 55.5 per 100,000 population on the back of 47 cases in the past two weeks. The upward trend in the incidence has Laois going in the wrong direction in the national incidence table.
Laois had the second-best record at one point in November due to falling cases but now nine other counties have a lower incidence. This is because the number of new cases has not been falling as quickly in Laois as other counties.
Laois is still well below the national 14 day incidence rate of 84.7, with 4033 new cases in Ireland in the past fortnight.
There have been 983 cases in Laois up to midnight on Monday, November 30.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health gave a statement today.
“It is important to keep up the progress that we have achieved in recent weeks. Ireland now has the lowest 14-day incidence of COVID-19 in the EU according the latest ECDC figures and we need to hold firm to this position. As the country moves into Level 3, there is no room for complacency in our response to COVID-19.
“As more services reopen for business, remember to use the basic public health advice as a guide when organising your time. When you are out in shops and accessing services, try to avoid high risk situations and wear a face covering when social distancing is not possible on busy streets and crowded outdoor areas. When you come home from shopping or being outdoors, remember that washing your hands is your first priority. For those of us who cannot work from home, the wearing of a face covering is now advised when moving around busy indoor workplaces and in communal work areas. If you are planning to travel around your county, consider first whether it is absolutely necessary to travel.
“Your individual actions are vital to our national effort to suppress the transmission of this disease," he said.
NPHET highlighted cases in the following counties: 58 in Dublin, 38 in Donegal, 28 in Wicklow, 25 in Mayo and 24 in Limerick. The remaining 97 cases are spread across 21 other counties, so every county in the republic had new cases.
As of 2pm today, 231 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised (up 7), of which 31 are in ICU, the same figure as yesterday. There were 27 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours, compared to 14 yesterday.
Of the new cases published on Wednesday, 141 are men, 129 are women, 63% are under 45 years of age. The median age is 37 years old.
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