There’s some encouraging news for County Roscommon this evening. For the first time in a number of weeks, the county’s 14-day average of cases is now lower than the national 14-day average.
The county’s fourteen-day average of 63.5 compares favourably with the national average of 87.0 according to this evening’s figures, released by the Department of Health. This evening’s good news means the county is now ranked fourteenth, down seven places from yesterday, in its 14-day average compared with all other counties.
Less than five new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the county this evening (Tuesday) with the total number of Covid-19 figures for the county now standing at 942. The county’s 14-day incidence rate now stands at 63.5.
This evening’s 14 day average in the county is markedly down from yesterday’s figure of 96.1. A total of 41 cases of the virus have been recorded in the past fourteen days, down from yesterday’s 14 day average of 62.
The county has dropped from seventh highest to fourteenth in its incidence rate with Donegal still on the top spot, with a 14- day incident rate of 211.1 or 336 cases, the highest of all counties in the Republic.
Of the counties adjoining Roscommon, 16 new cases of the virus have been recorded in Galway, 9 in Mayo with less than five new cases recorded in counties Longford, Sligo and Offaly. No new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in Leitrim today.
Nationally, the Department of Health has confirmed that 269 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed this evening (Tuesday), with eighteen deaths recorded, a marked rise in the number of new deaths from the virus.
While the number of new cases of the virus is down 37 on yesterday, eighteen deaths contrast sharply with no recorded deaths yesterday (Monday).
Of the county’s that recorded new cases of the virus today, 73 of those new cases are in Dublin, 20 in Kilkenny and Limerick, 19 in counties Louth and Tipperary with the remaining 188 cases spread across 20 other counties.
Of the cases notified today, 133 are men and 133 are women of which the median age is 35 years of age. Just over half, 65% of today’s cases are under 45 years of age.
There have been 14 additional hospitalisations nationwide in the past 24 hours up from yesterday’s figure of 3. Of the total 224 Covid-19 patients currently hospitalised, 31 are in ICU, unchanged from yesterday’s figure.
The national 14-day incidence rate now stands at 87, marginally down on yesterday’s figure of 89.2. The number of cases recorded nationally in the past two weeks now stands at 4,144, also down on yesterday’s figure of 4,248.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health says the hard work and sacrifices that have been made by people over the last six weeks to suppress Covid-19 means that “we are now in a position to reopen non-essential retail and to travel within our counties.
“It is up to every person, individually, to remain vigilant to the spread of this disease. We need to keep the public health advice at the centre of our minds and do not have visitors to our homes, outside of any necessary visitors in a support bubble, until the 18th of December.
“Each one of us has a role in shaping the national picture on COVID-19 in the coming weeks. It is vital that you keep hand washing, wear face coverings and keep a 2m distance from each other, to protect public health, to protect vital public services and to give us the best chance to continue to minimise the spread of the disease,” said the CMO.
In Northern Ireland, today’s recorded deaths from the virus mean the six counties broke the 1,000 barrier for the number of fatalities from Covid-19.
Today’s recorded total of fifteen deaths means a total of 1,011 people have died from the virus, since the first recorded death from Covid-19, which was recorded on March 19th last.
A total of 391 new cases of the virus were recorded in Northern Ireland today from 1,992 tests carried out.