Confirmation of 241 new cases of Covid-19 in County Roscommon in the past week represents a massive increase in the spread of the virus here.
Roscommon recorded 25 new cases of Covid-19 yesterday (Wednesday), bringing the county’s 14-day incidence rate to 480.3 following 29 confirmed cases on Tuesday and 24 on Monday.
In the fourteen days leading up to January 5th, there were 310 cases in the county. The county’s 14-day incidence rate of 480.3 is the fourth lowest in the country.
The past week has however seen a huge increase, with 63 new cases confirmed last Friday, 68 on Saturday, 32 on Sunday, 24 on Monday, 29 on Tuesday and 25 on Wednesday.
Yesterday, there were 7,836 new cases nationally and sadly, 17 deaths, as the Government confirmed plans to keep schools closed until the end of January and cease all non-essential construction from close of business on Friday.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Tony Holohan, said the country is in a serious phase of this Covid-19 surge.
“It has never been more important throughout our experience of this pandemic, to stay home and only meet people outside of your household for essential purposes,” he said.