On an evening when local restrictions were imposed on Kildare, Laois and Offaly following the recent spike in Covid-19 cases, County Roscommon has now gone 34 days without a case of Coronavirus — the longest number of days without a case of the virus for any county in Ireland.
This evening’s health briefing showed that Roscommon’s number of cases remained on 346, with no case reported in the county since July 4th.
The information provided by health officials over the last two days, where they have confirmed where daily cases have come from, suggests that Roscommon will break the five-week barrier without a case of Covid-19 on Saturday (tomorrow) as it has not been named in relation to recent cases.
The county-by-county figures below relate to all cases reported up until Wednesday, August 5th.
County Roscommon accounts for 1.3 per cent of total Covid-19 cases in the Republic of Ireland and is the ninth lowest county for cases of coronavirus. Leitrim (85), Sligo (153), Waterford (166), Carlow (180), Wexford (237), Laois (322), Longford (288) and Kerry (318) have less cases. Kilkenny, the tenth lowest county, now has 357 cases.
Cases in neighbouring counties are as follows: Mayo (583), Galway (499), Westmeath (681) and Offaly (523).
Galway (+1) and Offaly (+23) are the only neighbouring counties to show an increase since Thursday evening’s briefing.
This evening, it was announced there had been four deaths from Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland, with a further 98 cases confirmed here.
The total number of cases is now 26,470 with a death toll of 1,772.
Of the cases notified today:
* 57 are men and 38 are women
*68 per cent are under 45 years of age
*67 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
*Four cases have been identified as community transmission
*35 cases are located in Kildare, 26 in Offaly, 6 in Wexford, 5 in Laois, 5 in Dublin, and 21 are spread across ten other counties (Carlow, Cavan, Donegal, Kilkenny, Limerick, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Westmeath and Wicklow).
Over the past 14 days 292 cases of Covid-19 have arisen in Kildare, Laois and Offaly. These represent almost half of all cases detected in Ireland during that time.
Health officials said that the localised restrictions announced this evening were being put in place to protect the vulnerable in these counties as well as to stop the spread of the virus.
They measures will be in place for two weeks from midnight tonight (Friday, August 7th) until midnight on Friday, August 20th. The situation will then be reviewed.