County’s Covid numbers remain low

TD calls for clarity on vaccines

There were less than five new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in County Roscommon yesterday evening, meaning that the county’s 14-day incidence rate of 131.7 remains the lowest in the country.

Nationally, there were sadly 54 further deaths and 1,006 new cases of the disease. 45 of those deaths have occurred this month while five occurred in January and four remain under investigation.

As of 8 am yesterday (Wednesday), there were 1,032 people hospitalised with Covid-19, 173 of whom are in intensive care units. There had been 40 additional hospitalisations in the previous 24 hours.

Yesterday it was reported that the number of people in hospital in Ireland with Covid-19 remains three times higher than at the peak of the second wave in October.

The HSE had previously reported that it carried out 341 tests in Roscommon last week and that cases in the county have continued to fall.

Meanwhile, Sinn Féin TD Claire Kerrane has called for more clarity around the administration of Covid-19 vaccines.

As of Sunday, February 7th, there had been 240,487 doses of Covid-19 vaccine administered in Ireland, with 153,654 people receiving their first dose and 86,833 receiving their second.

Deputy Kerrane: “Given that those aged 70 and over will not now receive the Aztra-Zeneca vaccine, that vaccine will be given to those further down the priority list, or as it’s known the allocation groups.

“One such group is key workers yet, we still do not know who these are and the HSE have confirmed that this list is not refined yet.

“This makes no sense. We have SNAs in schools and early years educators in crèches getting in touch asking if they are in this group and we, as public representatives cannot answer them. We need to see a list of who exactly these workers are.

“We have also had a number of calls from family carers asking where they are in the allocation group and again, we cannot tell them as we do not know and I’m not sure the HSE know themselves.

“The rollout of the vaccinations was never going to be perfect, we all know that, but we need clarity on where people fit in relation to the Allocation Groups”.