Covid cases remain stable as lockdown extended

Less than five new cases of Covid-19 were announced in Co. Roscommon yesterday (Wednesday), the third day in a row where fewer than five had been confirmed.

The latest figures come following confirmation that the current lockdown restrictions will be extended until March 5th at the earliest with further restrictions on travel.

There were 217 cases confirmed in the county in the fourteen days leading up to midnight on Tuesday, which means the county’s incidence rate of Covid-19 is 336.2, the second-lowest in the country after Leitrim.

Roscommon’s five day moving average of six new cases per day is also cause for optimism.

Nationally, there were 1,335 new cases of Covid-19 and, sadly, 54 deaths, with 50 of those occurring in January.

The median age of those who died is 85 and there have now been a total of 3,120 Covid-related deaths in Ireland.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Tony Holohan, said: “The current 14-day incidence remains more than double the peak incidence experienced during previous Level 5 measures in October.

“Therefore, now is not the time to drop your guard and start to interact with people outside your household. The risk of transmission in the community remains very high. We must continue to work towards reducing incidence of disease and preventing further hospitalisations and deaths”.