Friday, April 30, 2021

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan.



After reporting eight cases on Thursday evening, County Roscommon has seen its number of daily cases decrease this afternoon.

Over the last 24 hours, less than five cases of Covid-19 have been reported, leaving the county’s 14-day incidence rate at 68.2. There have been 44 cases of the virus reported in the last 14 days, between April 16th and 29th.

Case numbers from neighbouring counties are: Galway 28; Mayo, 7; Sligo, less than 5; Leitrim, less than 5; Longford, less than 5; Westmeath, 12; Offaly, less than 5.

This afternoon, four additional deaths and 545 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed.

Of today’s cases:

*94 are men/244 are women

*77% are under 45 years of age

*the median age is 29 years old

*264 in Dublin, 58 in Kildare, 50 in Cork, 29 in Donegal, 28 in Galway and the remaining 116 cases are spread across 21 other counties.

As of 8 a.m. today, 139 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 44 are in ICU. There have been eight additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of last Wednesday, April 28th, there have been 1,487,378 doses of Covid-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

*1,067,378 people have received their first dose.

*419,665 people have received their second dose.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, the Department of Health, said that the easing of restrictions represented a welcome and deserved turning point in everyone’s collective efforts to get through this pandemic.

“It is a step closer towards the shared national goal of suppressing Covid-19 and protecting the vulnerable.

“However, incidence around the country varies. Some areas are in a more precarious position than others. For example, while the national incidence rate is 125 per 100,000, Donegal currently stands at 295 per 100,000. This is extremely concerning for public health doctors locally,” he admitted.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, said that despite achieving a huge amount as a country, the virus still posed a threat.

“It is important to stay vigilant and not to drop your guard over the coming weeks. This is especially true for those who have yet to be vaccinated or are particularly vulnerable.

“The important thing to do as society reopens is to continue to risk assess your choices and your environment. Just because something is an option, doesn’t always mean it’s safe.

“Crowded places and enclosed spaces still carry a risk. If you don’t feel comfortable, or feel a place is too crowded, leave. Encourage your friends and loved ones to continue to follow the basic measures to protect themselves and their families,” he explained.

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