Saturday, August 08, 2020

Today’s briefing from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) revealed that while Roscommon has successfully reached the five-week milestone in terms of number of days without a positive case of Covid-19, that run has come to an end.

On a day when one additional death and 174 new cases were reported by NPHET nationally, numbers which are correct up to midnight last night (Friday), it was added in the briefing that:

110 cases are located in Kildare, 27 in Dublin, 7 in Cork, 7 in Offaly, 6 in Meath and 17 are spread across thirteen other counties (Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Donegal, Galway, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Mayo, Roscommon, Tipperary, Wexford and Wicklow).

The county-by-county numbers run 24 hours behind, and while Roscommon is still unchanged at 346 total cases in this list, that will rise in tomorrow’s report.

According to that list, 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 (181), Wexford (243), Longford (288), Kerry (318) and Laois (326) have less cases. Kilkenny, the tenth lowest county, now has 358 cases.

The total number of cases is now 26,644 with a death toll of 1,772.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “While today’s numbers of confirmed cases are high, they are not unexpected. As I said last night, we are expecting significant numbers of cases to be reported over the coming days.

“Throughout this week, we have been testing all workers in facilities where outbreaks of COVID-19 have been identified as well as close contacts of those people who have received COVID positive results. Tonight’s figures are a reflection of these measures with 118 of these cases linked to the counties of Kildare, Laois and Offaly.

“Our priority now and our reason for recommending the proactive measures announced last night, is to avoid these cases and clusters leading to widespread community transmission of the disease.

“50 of tonight’s cases are located outside of these three counties and around the rest of the country. I once again ask everyone regardless of where you live in the country to take every precaution possible to help us control the spread of this disease and protect our most vulnerable. This means continuing to wash our hands, keeping 2 metres apart from one another, avoiding crowds, wearing face coverings where appropriate, covering our coughs and sneezes and downloading the COVID Tracker app.”

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said; “As outlined by the Acting Chief Medical Officer at the press conference last night, the 14-day incidence per 100,000 population in Kildare, Laois and Offaly is worryingly high. While the national incidence stands at 16.3 per 100,000, in Kildare it stands at 130.3, in Laois it is 69.7 and in Offaly it is 89.8″.

“Should these cases result in widespread transmission, it could undo a lot of the good work that we have done as a country so far to control the spread of this virus. The measures introduced by NPHET last night represent a proactive and proportionate response to the current situation in these counties.”

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