Saturday, June 27, 2020

There have been no further Covid-19 cases reported in County Roscommon on Saturday evening, as the county’s overall total remains at 345, now two days short of four months since the first case as diagnosed in the country. Just three cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the county over the last fortnight.

County Roscommon accounts for 1.4 per cent of total Covid-19 cases in the Republic of Ireland and remains the ninth lowest county for cases of coronavirus. Leitrim (78), Sligo (125), Waterford (156), Carlow (175), Wexford (217), Laois (265), Longford (285) and Kerry (310) have less cases. Kilkenny, the tenth lowest county, has 354 cases.

Cases in neighbouring counties are as follows: Mayo (571), Galway (485), Westmeath (672) and Offaly (483).

All of the above numbers are unchanged from yesterday.

There is a two-day delay in the breakdown of county-by-county figures, meaning this evening’s announcement relates to all cases up to midnight on Thursday, June 26th.

As of midnight, Friday, June 26th, there have six further deaths from Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland, with a further 23 cases confirmed here, both double the amount of cases reported yesterday. The total number of cases is now 25,437, with a death toll of 1,734.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:

“High levels of compliance to public health advice to date has enabled further reopening of economic and social life. However, of the 23 cases reported today, 10 cases (43%) are in younger adults aged under 35 years. A further 8 cases (35%) are in those aged between 35-54.

“This is now a real concern and a worrying trend at a time when many people are reconnecting with friends and loved ones and may be gathering in larger groups. In recent days, for example, some cases have had large numbers of close contacts that have required testing and self-isolation for 14 days. COVID-19 is an infection that affects all ages and it is incumbent on all of us to take our individual responsibility seriously.

“I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to remain informed, keep a 2 metre distance from others and follow the public health advice on hand washing, cough and sneeze hygiene, and wearing face coverings.

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