60 per cent of the cases of coronavirus confirmed in Co Roscommon over the two weeks to November 16th were in the north of the county, the latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre shows.
There were 65 new Covid-19 cases in the Boyle local electoral area (LEA), covering the town of Boyle, Elphin, and other areas, between November 3rd and November 16th, more than double the number in the Roscommon LEA and more than four times the number in the Athlone LEA.
With a 14-day incidence rate of 297.7 cases per 100,000 population, the Boyle LEA is categorised as a red zone on Ireland’s Covid-19 data hub. Its incidence rate is more than double the national average of 121.3 per 100,000 population and is the seventh-highest electoral area in the State.
There were 30 cases confirmed over the same two-week period in the Roscommon LEA, covering the middle of the county. The area has a 14-day incidence rate of 132 cases per 100,000
There were just 14 cases confirmed in the Athlone LEA, covering the bottom of the county, in the two weeks to November 16th. It’s 14-day incidence rate is well below the national average, standing at 70.1 per 100,000..
Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said: “In our objective to use a six-week period to drive down Covid-19 infection in the community, our progress has stalled in the last week.
“We now have two weeks to get back on track. Drive down the disease by limiting the number of daily contacts you have. Work from home, stay at home and follow public health advice to get us to a reproduction number below 0.5 by December 1st.”