Wednesday, May 05, 2021


Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan.

There was better news on the Covid-19 case front for County Roscommon this evening with fewer than five cases reported. This comes after 16 cases were reported in yesterday’s figures.

The county’s five-day moving average has increased to seven and its incidence rate per 100,000 of the population is at 102.3. A total of 77 cases of Covid-19 were reported in the county over the past 14 days.

In adjoining counties there were no cases reported in Sligo; fewer than 5 in Leitrim and Mayo; 5 in Longford; 8 in Westmeath and 10 in Galway.

This evening the Department of Health reported seven additional deaths related to Covid-19 and 418 confirmed new cases.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 199 are men and 214 are women
  • 73% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 30 years old
  • 167 of the cases are in Dublin, 39 in Cork, 32 in Donegal, 29 in Kildare, 22 in Meath and the remaining 129 cases are spread across 20 other counties

As of 8 a.m. today, 137 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 37 are in ICU. There have been 18 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Latest update on vaccines

As of last Monday (May 3rd) there have been 1,621,870 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 1,174,292 people have received their first dose
  • 447,578 people have received their second dose

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “As we look forward to the greater reopening of activities and services, our key objective now is to maintain our course in coming weeks and follow the public health advice in our daily activities.

“When you are planning to meet someone, remember that outdoors is safer for everybody. And when you meet up, stay at a 2m distance, keep to a small group and avoid crowded areas – this will minimise the risk of passing the virus from person to person, driving down the incidence rate and keeping our society open.

“Throughout this pandemic, we have seen outbreaks and clusters of disease as a result of social events such as funerals, wakes and birthday parties. Unfortunately, we need to continue to stay vigilant to the infectious nature of this disease and avoid congregating together in large groups. We need all sectors of society to continue to encourage and support the public health messages and to help everyone to stay safe.”

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