LATEST: Laois listed among new cases of Covid-19

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LATEST: Laois listed among new cases of Covid-19

New cases of Covid-19 have been notified in Laois, according to the latest Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) figures this evening, although the exact number has not been quantified. 

There have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.

To date there has been a total of 1,784 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Sunday,September 13, the HPSC has been notified of 208 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 31,192 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today;

98 are men / 110 are women
62% are under 45 years of age
33% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
18 cases have been identified as community transmission

108 in Dublin, 18 in Louth, 12 in Donegal, 10 in Meath, 9 in Kildare, 8 in Waterford, 7 in Cork, 6 in Limerick, 6 in Wexford and the remaining 24 cases are located in Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Galway, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Mayo, Roscommon, Tipperary, Westmeath and Wicklow.

The HSE said it is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said, "NPHET has decided to reduce the period of isolation from 14 to 10 days for confirmed cases from the onset of symptoms, based on advice received from the Expert Advisory Group following a review of the evidence.

"In addition, it has been agreed that nasal swabs are an acceptable alternative to nasopharyngeal swab for use in children in the community. This will hopefully make testing a simpler process for children going forward.”

"COVID-19 is an evolving pandemic and NPHET is committed to adapting advice and guidelines based on emerging evidence."