Tuesday, May 05, 2020

30/04/2020 Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, right, Dr Siobhán Kennelly, HSE National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead for Older Persons, left and Prof Philip Nolan, Chair of NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Seven more cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Roscommon, bringing the county’s total to 181.

The county is now fifth-lowest in the State for the total number of confirmed cases. Roscommon has more cases than Leitrim (70), Sligo (120), Carlow (127) and Waterford (139). The county has been overtaken by Longford, which has seen its cases rise sharply in recent days, now with 235 confirmed cases.

Meanwhile, Galway has 369 cases, Mayo has 510 and Westmeath has 547. There is a two-day lag in county-by-county breakdowns, so these figures are up-to-date as of Sunday May 3.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has been informed of a further 23 people who have died of Covid-19, while another 211 new cases have been confirmed nationwide.

A total of 1,339 people have died after contracting the disease, according to figures released on Tuesday evening.

Of these deaths:

  • 542 occurred in hospital (45.5%).
  • 62 occurred in Intensive Care Units (4.9%).
  • 1,147 were reported as having underlying health conditions.
  • 683 male and 653 female.
  • The median age was 84.
  • The mean age was 82.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “As Ireland works to ease restrictions, it is crucial that we preserve the progress our country has made in recent weeks.

“This is a highly infectious disease. It thrives in crowds. It has the potential to rapidly spread to levels that our health service will find difficult to respond to.

“While we plan how to safely emerge from recent restrictions, none of us should forget that the virus is still in our community. Those who get infected have the same risk of serious illness as they did at the beginning of this pandemic.”

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