Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ronan Glynn.


The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in County Roscommon rose again this evening, with at least one new case being confirmed. Neighbouring counties of Westmeath, Mayo, Offaly, Galway and Leitrim also saw increases.

The total number of confirmed cases in the county also rose officially by five to 381 to take into account figures announced yesterday. This figure is accurate as of midnight Monday September 14th.

This total will change again in the coming days to reflect the new case or cases announced this evening.

Nationally, 3 new deaths and 254 cases were notified to the Health Protection and Surveillance Centre, bringing the total deaths to 1,788 and 31,799 cases in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 136 are in Dublin, 20 in Donegal, 13 in Louth, 12 in Wicklow, 9 in Waterford, 7 Carlow, 7 in Cork, 6 in Galway, 5 in Kerry, 5 in Wexford and the remaining 28 cases are located in Clare, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Mayo, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon and Westmeath

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:

“The current situation has deteriorated both in Dublin and nationally over the past week. Along with Dublin we have seen particularly concerning trends in Louth, Waterford and Donegal. It is now absolutely essential that people action public health advice and act as if they or those close to them are potentially infectious.”

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said:

“The reproduction number is between 1.3 – 1.7 nationally. I am more concerned than I have been at any point since late April. Case numbers appear to be growing exponentially and are likely to double every 10 to 14 days if every one of us does not immediately act to break chains of transmission of the virus. If we do not interrupt transmission now, bring the r-number back to below 1, modelling shows that we could have 500 – 1,000 cases per day by the 16th of October, 50-60% of which would be in Dublin.”

Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE, said:

“There are currently 73 Covid-19 patients in hospital, 9 of these have been admitted in the past 24 hours. 14 of these patients are in ICU. We are seeing a sharp increase in rate of admissions of Covid-19 patients into our acute hospitals. We know that without a reversal of these trends, admissions can escalate rapidly to the point where our healthcare facilities will be under unsustainable pressure. It is more essential than ever that we all adhere to the basic measures which can weaken the virus in the community.”

Dr Mary Favier, Covid-19 advisor to the Irish College of General Practitioners, said:

“While we have been conducting a large number of tests on children, thanks to the vigilance of parents around symptoms and contacting GPs with concerns, we have not witnessed a disproportionate rise in the number of confirmed cases in children.”

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