Saturday, May 02, 2020

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Nine more people in Roscommon have been diagnosed with Covid-19, the Department of Health confirmed today. This six per cent increase brings the county’s total number of cases to 160.

The county now has more cases than Carlow (100), Leitrim (68), Longford (150), Sligo (118) and Waterford (138). Neighbouring counties Westmeath and Mayo have seen their number of confirmed cases swell over recent weeks, with 500 and 488 respectively. Meanwhile, Galway is on 357 and Offaly has 293 confirmed cases.

There is a two-day delay in the breakdown of county-by-county figures, meaning today’s announcement relates to all cases up to midnight on Thursday, April 30.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) was informed of a further 25 people who lost their lives to Covid-19. There has now been a total of 1,286 deaths associated with the disease in the Republic.

Another 343 new cases were also confirmed this evening (Saturday). Ireland now has 21,176 cases confirmed.

Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Thursday 30 April (20,742 cases), reveals:

  • 58 per cent are female and 42 per cent are male.
  • The median age of confirmed cases is 49 years.
  • 2,785 cases (13 per cent) have been hospitalised.
  • Of those hospitalised, 368 cases have been admitted to ICU.
  • 5,973 cases are associated with healthcare workers.

Community transmission has been the cause of 63 per cent of confirmed cases, while 34 per cent of people diagnosed caught it from close contact with another confirmed case. Travel abroad is responsible for three per cent of cases.

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