Friday, April 24, 2020

Department of Health Covid-19 briefing. Pictured are Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer HSE; Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health and Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/

The county’s biggest increase in confirmed Covid-19 cases to date was announced today. An additional 19 confirmed cases bringing the Roscommon’s total to 111. This 21 per cent jump follows a three day period in which just a single new case was confirmed.

Roscommon has overtaken Sligo and Longford in case numbers. Roscommon is now the county with the fifth-lowest number of confirmed cases after Sligo, which has 105 confirmed cases, Longford, which has 102, Leitrim, which has 62 and Carlow, which is on 86.

Meanwhile, Galway has 331 confirmed cases and Mayo is at 391. Westmeath, which has the third-highest rate of coronavirus per head of population after Dublin and Cavan is on 409.


The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that 37 people with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 in Ireland have died. There is also an additional 185 probable deaths that have occurred to date. A probable death is a death where a laboratory test has not been done but where a doctor believes a death is associated with COVID-19.

An additional 577 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the Republic. These bring the nation’s total confirmed cases to 18,184.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “Every indicator to date suggests that the growth of this disease has either stabilised or suppressed. This is a testament to the efforts made by every individual across Ireland over recent weeks. There is no doubt that your efforts have saved many lives.”

“It shows that when public health advice is followed, we can suppress this virus in the long term. Keep going.”

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