Thursday, April 08, 2021



County Roscommon’s downward trend in the incidence rate of Covid-19 has continued this evening with less than five cases reported over the last 24 hours.

The county is now below Galway and Mayo on the 14-day incidence rate table per 100,000 population with a figure of 80.6, well below the national average of 147.3.

There have been 52 cases in the county in the last 14 days, with retrospective reporting showing that 18 of these cases were reported on Good Friday.

Cases from neighbouring cases over the last 24 hours were: Galway, 21; Mayo, 6; Leitrim, less than 5; Sligo, 0; Offaly, 12; Westmeath, less than 5; Longford, 6.

This evening, it was reported that there were 400 new cases and seven additional deaths.

There are currently 226 people with Covid-19 in hospital, of which 55 are in ICU.

Of the cases notified today:

*205 are men / 193 are women

*72 per cent are under 45 years of age

*the median age is 35 years old

*162 in Dublin, 61 in Kildare, 26 in Cork, 21 in Galway, 17 in Donegal and the remaining 113 cases are spread across 18 other counties.

As of April 5th, 2021, 940,883 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

*667,182 people have received their first dose.

*273,701 people have received their second dose.

Professor Philip Nolan told this evening’s briefing that the situation remains “stable” and is, perhaps “improving” but that it would be another seven to ten days before it could be determined if the country is suppressing the level of disease further.

Professor Nolan also added that analysis showed that schools remain a “low risk setting”. He said that the five-day average of the disease was declining “rapidly” and that the R rate is between 0.7 to 1.1.

It also emerged this evening that GPs have said that continued shortfalls in vaccine supplies means that all over 70s will not receive their first jab by mid-April, as promised by Taoiseach Micheál Martin last week.

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