No new Covid cases for two days here

Roscommon has now gone two days in a row without a single confirmed case of Covid-19, which has seen the county drop to fifth place in terms of its incidence rate following notification of yesterday’s (Wednesday) figures at the Department of Health.

Roscommon had five or fewer new cases on Monday and that trend continued this week, leading to increased optimism in the county.

Nationally, there six additional deaths related to Covid-19 and 269 new cases. As of 2 pm on Wednesday, 260 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised of which 36 are in ICU. There had been 23 additional hospitalisations in the previous 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says the Government hopes to ease visiting and travelling restrictions for two weeks around Christmas.