Roscommon has lowest Covid infection rate

Roscommon now has the lowest Covid-19 infection rate in the country with fewer than five new cases confirmed for the second day in a row yesterday (Wednesday).

Nationally, however, the tragic effects of the recent Covid-19 surge continued with news of 94 additional deaths and a further 1,013 confirmed cases. 47 seven of those deaths occurred in February while 44 occurred in January, two in December and one in November. The age range of those who died was 36 to 100 years.

In County Roscommon, the HSE confirmed it carried out 340 tests last week and the 14-day incidence rate is now 167.3 with 108 cases in the last fourteen days. Roscommon’s five-day moving average is now down to six.

As of 2 pm yesterday (Wednesday), 1,334 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised across the country with 203 of those in ICU. There had been an additional 66 hospitalisations in the previous 24 hours.

Speaking at yesterday’s press briefing, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Tony Holohan, said: “Now more than ever, as we are continuing to see the tragic effects of the recent surge of Covid-19 infection in the form of mortality, hospitalisation and ICU admission, we should remember the public health advice that has carried us so far in this pandemic, and helped us to suppress Covid-19 together successfully in the past.

“It is the collective hard work and ongoing sacrifice of people across Ireland in following these public health measures that will keep us all safe at this time, as we look ahead to the increased rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine on the horizon. Keep it up, and encourage others to do the same.

“In short: the present is the time to protect yourself and stay safe, in order to receive your vaccine in the future”.