Latest NPHET figures show Covid-19 spread is slowing in Longford

Dr Holohan says not every county has succeded

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Latest NPHET figures show Covid-19 spread is slowing in Longford

Latest NPHET figures show Covid-19 spread is slowing in Longford

The incidence of Covid-19 in Longford continues to drop according to the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) latest figures.

There were less than five new cases in Longford in the latest figures published on Thursday, November 12.

This means the incidence per 100,000 of the population has dropped to 132.1 on the back of 54 cases in the past 14 days. 

Longford's 14-day incidence rate now is just below the national average incidence of 135.3 per 100k population.

The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Longford since the pandemic began now stands at 605 (605 as at midnight Tuesday, November 10 ; doesn't include the new cases - pending verification - announced this evening).

Less than five new cases were reported in Leitrim today, eight in Cavan, 17 in Westmeath and 5 in Roscommon. 

There have been 90 cases in Cavan in the last 14 days and the incidence rate there has decreased dramatically to 118.1 per 100,000 population.

Westmeath has had 149 new cases in the past 14 days, giving the Lake County a 167.8 incidence rate, the 4th highest in the country, just behind Roscommon.

Roscommon has had 111 cases in the past 14 days, giving the Rossies a 172 incidence rate and Leitrim has had 17 cases in the past 14 days, giving them an incidence rate of 53.1, the second lowest in the country.

Confirmed Covid-19 cases in this region 
County.....Cases (as at Nov 10)....Change from day before....14-Day Incidence rate 
Longford..................605..................+3................................135.3 per 100,000
Leitrim.....................242.................+3..................................53.1 per 100,000
Cavan....................2,106.................+3...............................118.1 per 100,000
Roscommon.............847..................+2................................172.0 per 100,000
Westmeath.............1,475................+7................................167.8 per 100,000

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, explained, “Not every part of the country has experienced the same reductions in disease incidence. For example, Donegal’s 14- day incidence is at 281 per 100,000, compared to the national average of 135 per 100,000.

“The country as a whole can succeed in suppressing this disease to low levels in the coming weeks. We have achieved a great deal of suppression over the Level 5 period, the coming weeks offer us an opportunity to drive transmission down further,” he said. 

New figures published by NPHET from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HSPC) has today been notified of one additional death related to COVID-19 in Ireland.  

There has been a total of 1,965* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. *Data validation  at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of one death.

As of midnight Wednesday, November 11, the HPSC has been notified of 270 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 66,632** confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. **Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 10 confirmed cases.

Of the cases notified today NPHET higlighted 132 in Dublin, 31 in Cork, 27 in Donegal, 27 in Limerick, 27 in Galway and the remaining 151 cases are spread across 18 other counties. The remaining 151 cases are spread across 18 other counties including Longford. 

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said Level 3 and 5 were effective in different ways.

“We estimate the reproduction number is now at 0.6. Data suggests that Level 3 measures stabilized case numbers, while Level 5 measures were required to suppress transmission, especially when infection rates are high. If we sustain our efforts we can force infection down to very low levels.”

Other details to emerge:                                

197 are men / 198 are women
65% are under 45 years of age
The median age is 35 years old

As of 2pm today 279 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 39 are in ICU. 20 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr. Vida Hamilton, is the HSE's National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead, Acute Hospitals. She said hospitals are getting buisier again.

“We are seeing an increase in Emergency Department attendance, which is a positive indication that the public are continuing to access both covid and non-covid healthcare. Our hospitals are busy as they continue to implement important infection prevention control protocols and our healthcare workers are grateful for public understanding and support for these safety measures,” she said.

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