There have been 16 new cases of Covid-19 in Roscommon announced this evening, a marked increase on previous recent figures for the county. On April 30th , the most recent date for county figures, fewer than five cases were identified and the 14 day incidence rate was 68.2 per 100,000 of the population..
It is unclear how much the walk-in testing centre at Castlerea or the Bank Holiday weekend contributed to the rise in detected cases announced this evening.
As of midnight Monday May 3rd, the county’s 14 day incidence rate had increased to 99.2 per 100,000 of the population, the national average is 134.1. Its five day moving average was 7.0 and in the days leading up to yesterday, 64 new cases in the county were confirmed.
In terms of neighbouring counties, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo and Longford had fewer than five, Offaly had five, Westmeath 15, and Galway 11.
Nationally, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 2 additional deaths related to Covid-19.
There has been a total of 4,908 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight Monday 3 May, the HPSC has been notified of 383 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There has now been a total of 250,672 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today:
194 are men and 189 are women
79% are under 45 years of age
the median age is 28 years old
129 in Dublin, 40 in Kildare, 32 in Meath, 25 in Donegal, 25 in Louth and the remaining 132 cases are spread across 21 other counties
As of 8am today, 144 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 41 are in ICU. There have been 10 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
As of last Sunday (2 May) there have been 1,604,644 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:
1,159,083 people have received their first dose
445,561 people have received their second dose
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, the Department of Health said:
“As we move closer to the easing of restrictions on 10 May, we can look forward to opportunities to enjoy the better weather and to meeting with our family and close friends safely and with the public health measures in mind,” he said.
“The virus is still circulating in the community and is still a risk, particularly to those who have yet to be vaccinated. Collectively we know how to interrupt the spread of this disease, so when you are making plans for coming week, don’t underestimate the need to keep your distance, meet outdoors where possible and wash your hands. And if it’s crowded, turn around and come back another time. Together these simple measures will minimise the risk of infection.”