Laois sandwiched between counties worst-hit by Covid-19 at present

Laois sandwiched between counties worst-hit by Covid-19 at present”

The national 14-day incidence rate now stands at 159.5 cases per 100,000 people.

Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Barbara Yaffe urged people not to celebrate Easter or Passover with people outside their household and continue to adhere to public health guidelines.

Health officials say 60,077 tests were completed over the past 24-hour period, and the positivity rate remained unchanged from the previous day at 3.8 per cent.

Another 36,916 tests are still under investigation and/or being processed.

Dr. Miriam Owens, Director of Public Health, HSE, said: "Today sees the opening of new walk-in test centres in areas of high transmission to enable increased ease of access to testing facilities for people who don't have symptoms".

Of the new cases reported today, 280 are attributed to a data catch-up, so they could be old cases but they have not been previously reported.

54 cases of P.1, which is the variant strain that originated in Brazil. The last time Toronto reported more than 1,000 new infections was on January 17 when 1,035 cases were recorded.

Maj. -Gen. Dany Fortin, the military commander in charge of Canada's COVID-19 vaccine distribution, says two million doses are set to be delivered next week - for a total of eight million by the end of March.

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Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said: "We are experiencing a levelling off in the daily incidence rate of Covid-19 and the concern is that we could so easily move backwards and undo the progress that has been hard-earned since the beginning of the year". Currently, _ people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

According to the Ministry of Health, there are now 894 people hospitalized for the virus across the province, up by one from Wednesday.

Of the total COVID-19 cases, 396 individuals are hospitalized, 79 of whom are in intensive care.

As of 6 p.m. on March 24, the province reported 1,755,596 doses of vaccine against COVID-19 have been administered.

Almost 304,400 people have been fully vaccinated in Ontario since mid-December.

Health officials also announced five more deaths related to COVID-19. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, because local units report figures at different times.

The Covid-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of Covid-19 in the community including daily data on Ireland's Covid-19 Vaccination Programme.

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