Covid-19 numbers in County Roscommon are showing further downward trends this evening with 139 cases recorded in the seven-day period from September 6th to midnight on September 12th. Roscommon has also dropped to 11th in terms of its incidence rate per 100,000 of population. Its 7-day incidence rate is now 215.4 and its 14-day incidence rate is 523.8, having recorded 341 cases in the 14 day period from August 30th to midnight on September 12th. The county’s five-day moving average of cases stands at 19.
Nationally a further 1,181 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed. There are 309 coronavirus patients in hospital, with 60 in intensive care units.
Meanwhile, a virologist has warned that vaccine boosters should not be used to “paper over the cracks in whatever situation we’re in”.
Dr Gerald Barry, Assistant Professor of Virology in UCD, said Covid-19 vaccines “are not designed to protect us against infection, they’re designed to reduce the risk of severe illness”.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Claire Byrne, he said the current vaccine regime has protected people from severe illness, hospitalisation and death from Covid-19.
Dr Barry said he does agree “to an extent” with a plan to give boosters to people over 65 in long-term residential care and the over 80s living in the community.
He said: “If you’re trying to reduce infections as much as possible, one could argue that a booster might achieve that. But actually, we don’t really fully know because the data is only still coming out, whether it will fully achieve that or not and we also don’t know what long-term benefits it will bring.”