County gets reprieve but lockdown fears remain

County Roscommon was given something of a reprieve on Wednesday with news that it wasn’t included in the fifteen counties where more than five Covid cases were identified, though the county’s current 14-day incidence rate suggests some cases were recorded.

However, fears over a Phase 3 lockdown still remain in the county due to a recent rise in confirmed cases in Roscommon, with the total number of cases here now at over 445.

Fifteen new cases were confirmed in Roscommon on Tuesday, which was the largest daily increase in the county since May. There had been seven confirmed cases on Tuesday and eight on Monday.

The 14-day incidence rate for the county, following 64 confirmed cases between September 15th and Monday, 28th stood at 99.2 per 100,000 population, well above the national rate of 88.47.

Yesterday (Wednesday), it was announced that there had been 429 new cases and one new death nationally, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the country to 36,155 and the death toll to 1,804.

Local politicians, including Senator Eugene Murphy and Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Laurence Fallon, have this week called on the public to play their part in the fight against Covid-19.

The National Public Health Emergency Team is due to meet today (Thursday) and are expected to discuss whether further restrictions are needed in counties such as Cork, Galway, Roscommon and Monaghan.