There have been 27 new cases of Covid-19 reported in County Roscommon, the Department of Health said this evening. The cases were recorded up to midnight yesterday, Tuesday January 12th, and are a substantial reduction on the 116 cases notified on Monday.
According to the latest figures, the county’s incidence rate of Covid-19 is 1014.8 per 100,000 of the population, and 655 cases have been confirmed in Roscommon in the 14 days leading up to Tuesday. The national 14-day incidence rate average is 1448.8 per 100,000 of the population.
Roscommon has the 7th lowest 14-day incidence rate of the disease, after Longford, Laois, Tipperary, Westmeath, Wicklow, and Leitrim, which has the lowest.
In terms of neighbouring counties, Leitrim reported less than five cases this evening, Longford 28, Westmeath 51, Offaly 66, Galway 200, Mayo 129, and Sligo 14.
Nationally, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has today been notified of 63 additional deaths related to Covid-19.
Five of these deaths occurred in November 2020, one of these deaths occurred in December 2020, and the remaining 56 occurred in January 2021. The date of death for one reported death remains under investigation.
There has been a total of 2,460 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight Tuesday 12 January, the HPSC has been notified of 3,569 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There has now been a total of 159,144 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today:
1,616 are men and 1,924 are women
54% are under 45 years of age
the median age is 42 years old
1,119 are in Dublin, 416 in Cork, 182 in Louth, 169 in Waterford, and the remaining 1,483 cases are spread across all other counties
As of 2pm today, 1,770 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 172 are in ICU. There have been 133 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said:
“We are seeing some early signs of progress with daily case numbers and positivity rates. We can take some hope from them, but we have a long, long way to go. In the coming weeks ahead, we will need to draw upon our reserves of resilience from springtime as we can expect to see hospitalisations, admissions to ICU and mortality related to Covid-19 increase day on day.
“The best way that we can all support one another now is to stay apart. Sadly, what we are seeing now is a result of the very high daily confirmed case numbers we experienced for successive weeks. To ensure our hospitals and loved ones remain protected, and stay alive to receive the vaccine, please continue to follow public health advice and stay home.
“At this challenging time, it is important to remind those that need acute care that hospitals are there for those that need them. No one should ignore any worrying signs they may need medical attention, such as lumps, chest pain or other new symptoms. Phone your GP if you have any concerns, not just those related to Covid-19.”