Wednesday, December 02, 2020



Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan


There were six new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in the county as of midnight yesterday, the Department of Health said this evening. While this is a slight increase on recent days, the county’s 14 day incidence rate of the disease, 58.9, remains below the national average of 84.7.

In the 14 days leading up to yesterday, December 1st, Roscommon recorded 38 new cases. The total confirmed cases in Roscommon since the start of the pandemic stands at 945, as of Monday, November 30th.

Latest figures for neighbouring counties saw less than five in Longford, Sligo, Westmeath, Offaly and Leitrim, five in Galway, and 25 in Mayo.

Nationally this evening, the Department of Health confirmed five further deaths from Covid-19 and 270 more cases. There are 31 people being treated for Covid-19 in intensive care units across the country, unchanged from yesterday.

There has now been a total of 2,074 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland, and 73,066 confirmed cases.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 141 are men and 129 are women

  • 63% are under 45 years of age

  • the median age is 37 years old

  • 58 in Dublin, 38 in Donegal, 28 in Wicklow, 24 in Limerick and the remaining 97 cases are spread across 21 other counties

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:

“It is important to keep up the progress that we have achieved in recent weeks. Ireland now has the lowest 14-day incidence of Covid-19 in the EU according the latest ECDC figures and we need to hold firm to this position. As the country moves into Level 3, there is no room for complacency in our response to Covid-19.

“As more services reopen for business, remember to use the basic public health advice as a guide when organising your time. When you are out in shops and accessing services, try to avoid high risk situations and wear a face covering when social distancing is not possible on busy streets and crowded outdoor areas. When you come home from shopping or being outdoors, remember that washing your hands is your first priority. For those of us who cannot work from home, the wearing of a face covering is now advised when moving around busy indoor workplaces and in communal work areas. If you are planning to travel around your county, consider first whether it is absolutely necessary to travel.

“Your individual actions are vital to our national effort to suppress the transmission of this disease.”

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