Saturday, July 18, 2020

There was better news on the Covid-19 front this evening as the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) confirmed that there were 21 new cases of the virus reported to the Health Protection Surveillance centre in the 24 hours up to midnight last night, a drop of 13 from yesterday’s monthly high of 34. There have now been 25,750 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland in total.

However two more people with coronavirus have died, meaning that there have been 1,753 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

County Roscommon has not had an increase in its number of cases in almost a fortnight and remains on 346.

County Roscommon accounts for 1.4 per cent of total Covid-19 cases in the Republic of Ireland and is the ninth-lowest county for cases of coronavirus. Leitrim (plus one to 83), Sligo (148), Waterford (166), Carlow (plus one to 178), Wexford (plus one to 223), Laois (265), Longford (287) and Kerry (316) have fewer cases. Kilkenny, the tenth lowest county, has 356 cases.

In terms of neighbouring counties, Mayo continues to have 573, Galway 489, Westmeath 677 (up one), and Offaly 486 (up one). Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “Arming ourselves with knowledge is the best defence we have against COVID-19. Make sure you know the symptoms – cough, fever, shortness of breath, loss of smell/taste – and act quickly in isolating and phoning your GP as early as possible if you experience them. Do not adopt a wait and see approach.

Once again, we must each play our part in stemming the spread of COVID-19 in Ireland – follow the public health advice, reduce your social contacts, keep a distance of 2 metres and plan to see others outdoors where possible, do not organise or attend house parties and wear a face covering when in shops or on public transport.

Let’s not lose sight of our collective goal: to suppress COVID-19 in the community and thereby protect our health, that of our loved ones, and that of the most vulnerable across our society.”


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