Friday, January 07, 2022


The number of Covid-19 cases in County Roscommon saw a dramatic increase during Christmas week, it has been revealed this evening.

Between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, there were 890 cases of the virus within a seven-day period — the highest in the county since the pandemic began as the Omicron variant took root across the country. The median age of cases was 29 years.

During that period, the incidence rate per 100,000 was 1378.9 — the 12th highest in the country — increasing from 734.4 the previous week.

Cases in neighbouring counties for the same period were Galway, 3,933; Mayo, 1,530; Leitrim, 415; Sligo, 817; Longford, 744; Offaly, 1,317; Westmeath, 2,713.

The data, provided by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, highlighted that the case numbers had been artificially reduced, meaning that the number of cases in the county was likely to be much higher around that time.

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