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25 May 2022

Rise in Laois Covid-19 cases reported before last weekend in lockdown

Laois rise in cases of Covid-19  but Dr Tony Holohan is hopeful for summer

There is a slight rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in Laois this Friday, May 7.

Today's figures come before what is hoped to be the final weekend in lockdown, with restrictions easing greatly on Monday, May 10. Although the country is opening up, Dr Tony Holohan says people should continue to work from home. More below.

There are <5 cases in Laois  (less than five), and the average number of new cases here is 2.2 per day over the past five days. There were just 42 new cases in Laois over the past 14 days.

We have the seventh lowest rate of new cases in Ireland, while neighbouring Kildare remains just under Donegal for the highest rate of new cases. SEE COUNTY TABLE BELOW STORY

The daily update from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) reports 4 new deaths, and 434 new cases.

There has been a total of 4,918 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland (2 deaths denotified), and a total of 251,904* confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Of the cases notified today:

221 are men / 212 are women, 80% are under 45 years of age. The median age is 31 years old
There are 197 in Dublin, 44 in Cork, 34 in Kildare, 20 in Limerick, 20 in Meath and the remaining 119 cases are spread across 16 other counties**.

As of 8am today, 126 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 34 are in ICU. 15 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of Wednesday 5th May, 1,700,538 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

1,233,067 people have received their first dose
467,471 people have received their second dose

Dr Tony Holohan Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health gave advice ahead of the weekend and reopening on Monday.

“Next week we will see many more business open which means employees and customers will return to work and our economy will begin to restart in earnest. This is a very positive sign and a testament to the hard work of the vast majority in suppressing incidence of disease in our communities.

“It is extremely important that business owners, employees and customers take great care and review safety protocols and practices and ensure to consider all the actions we can all take as individuals to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

“Only return to the workplace if it is necessary to do so. Continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing, good hand hygiene and cough etiquette. If you feel unsafe in a crowded environment feel empowered to turn around and go home.

“If you are a business owner or an an employer, remember that you have a duty of care to those that work for you. Reopening responsibly will help to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spreading amongst your staff in the workplace and ensure we all have the opportunity to enjoy the new social and economic activities available to us from May 10.”

Dr Ray Walley gave the latest from General Practitioners and vaccines.

“General practices are extremely busy at the moment dealing with COVID and non-COVID care as well as continuing to administer COVID-19 vaccines.

“GPs continue to administer COVID-19 vaccines as per the National Vaccination Programme, this means that those aged 70 and over and those that are clinically vulnerable between the ages of 50 – 59 are eligible to receive a vaccine from their GP.

“I would encourage anyone who has been called to register for their vaccine to do so on the HSE portal.”

See Ireland's Covid-19 data website here.

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