Surge in Covid-19 deaths with more than 40 new infections confirmed in Laois and thousands nationally

Laois rises in the county by county incidence table

Conor Ganly

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Coronavirus cases in Laois

More than 40 new cases have been identified in Laois according to the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) which has reported a surge in deaths and more than 2,000 new infections around Ireland.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has today been notified of 93 additional deaths related to Covid-19.

Of the deaths reported today, three occurred in December and 89* occurred in January. (*1 death where the date of death is still under investigation).

NPHET said the median age of those who died was 82 years and the age range was 41-99 years. It said there are no newly reported deaths in healthcare workers. There are no newly reported deaths in a young person under the age of 30.

NPHET also reported that there are more than 200 people in ICU units at hospitals around Ireland where nearly 2,000 people are also being treated after infection.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said the deaths and hospitalisations are a reminder not to become ease off on measures that are reducing infections.

“While we are starting to see the early results of our collective efforts to minimise the transmission of the virus, we are very sadly reporting an additional 93 deaths today. We cannot afford to drop our guard against the very high levels of infection that remain in the community at present.

"Covid-19 ICU and hospitalisation numbers are of critical concern to us, representing a very significant pressure on our healthcare workers and on the provision of acute medical and surgical non-COVID care," he said.

NPHET also announced that there has been a total of 2,708** COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.  (**denotification of 1 death).

As of midnight, Monday, January, the HPSC has been notified of 2,001 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 176,839*** confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.  (***denotification of 5 confirmed cases).

Of the cases notified today NPHET highlighted 701 in Dublin, 204 in Cork, 102 in Waterford, 98 in Meath, 90 in Donegal with the remaining 806 cases are spread across all other counties. FULL TABLE BELOW.

The national 14-day incidence has fallen to 1334.6 per 100,000 population due to 63,551 new cases in the past two weeks. The five-day moving average has fallen to 2,758 new cases while the seven day 7-day incidence per 100 k population is 447.5

There were 46 new cases in Laois which has led to an increase in the incidence of the virus in the county to 933.9 per 100,000 due to 791 new cases in the two weeks to January 18. It means the incidence in Laois has worsened compared to other counties but it remains among the ten counties with the lowest rate of disease spread.

Laois, which now has had a total of 2,379 official cases, also has a better incidence than the neighbouring counties of Offaly, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Kilkenny and Carlow.

COUNTY TABLE AT THE END OF STORY.

Other details from today's figures show that 892 are men and 1,098 are women with 55% are under 45 years of age. The median age of newly infected people is 42 years old.

Dr Holohan reminded the public what they must continue to do to drive the virus figures and deaths down.

"We need everyone to stay at home, other than for essential reasons. The more that each individual follows this advice in their everyday lives, the more we can drive down the spread of COVID-19 and minimise the impact on vital healthcare services, patients and frontline workers,” he said.

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