Monday, August 10, 2020

Roscommon is one of nine counties where the pandemic’s spread is said to be minimal


Roscommon is one of nine counties in the country where there is currently minimal spread of Covid-19 new figures from the Department of Health show.

The figures showing the county-by-county incidence of the disease over a 14 day period were released for the first time to the Irish Times.

The Irish Times is reporting that Roscommon as well as Kerry, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Longford, Monaghan, Sligo, Tipperary, and Waterford currently have minimal spread of the disease.

In contrast, the 14-day incidence of Covid-19 in County Kildare, where movement restrictions were imposed on Friday, stands at 138.4 cases per 100,000 of population, almost eight times the national average.

The other two counties on which regional restrictions were imposed last Friday, Offaly and Laois, have 14-day incidences of 109 and 83.8 respectively.

The next highest incidence is in Co Clare, at 26.1, followed by Co Cavan (18.4) and Limerick, at 14.9.

The lowest figure provided is for Co Galway, which has eight new cases and an incidence rate of 3.1.

However, the number of new cases is not provided for nine counties that recorded fewer than five cases over the two-week period, in order to protect patient confidentiality. This means their incidence, which is low, cannot be calculated.

In total, 833 new cases of the disease were recorded between July 26th and midnight on August 8th, giving a national incidence of 17.5. This is almost eight times higher than in figures recorded in June.

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