NPHET to propose lifting of lockdowns in Laois and Offaly

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NPHET to propose lifting of lockdowns in Laois and Offaly

The National Public Health Emergency (NPHET) team has proposed to lift the localised Covid-19 lockdown restrictions in both Laois and Offaly.

The public health group met this afternoon (Thursday, August 20) and it's understood they have recommended lifting restrictions in Laois and Offaly.

However, it's believed they are recommending to Government that restrictions will remain in place in Kildare. 

Restrictions were reimposed on the three counties on Friday 7 August following a spike in the number of cases there. The lockdown is due to last until midnight on Sunday August 23 and while it is not clear when it will be lifted, it is understood that it will be on this date.

There have been 136 additional cases of Covid-19 and one further death reported to the Department of Health.

*  54 are men / 81 are women
* 78% are under 45 years of age
* 57 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
* 11 cases have been identified as community transmission
 * 51 in Dublin, 24 in Kildare, 12 in Kilkenny, 11 in Tipperary, 7 in Cork, 6 in Limerick, 6 in Wexford, 5 in Meath and the remaining 14 cases are in Carlow, Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Offaly, Roscommon, Waterford and Wicklow.