14 Aug 2022

Covid-19 latest: New cases in Longford as Dr Tony Holohan warns that funerals and parties have led to clusters of disease

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Covid-19 latest: New cases in Longford as Dr Tony Holohan warns that funerals and parties have led to clusters of disease

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According to the latest figures from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) there were FIVE new cases of Covid-19 recorded in county Longford in the 24 hours up to midnight on May 4. 

Nationally, NPHET stated that it has been notified of 7 additional deaths related to Covid-19 and 418 new confirmed cases.

Longford's 14 day incidence rate has fallen back down to the 10th highest in the country (yesterday it was the 8th highest) and it is below the national average.

Longford's incidence rate is 127.2 per 100,000 population, with the national average standing at 134.4. 

NPHET says there have been 52 positive Covid-19 cases in Longford in the 14 days from April 21 to May 4.

Longford's five day moving average of cases is 3.6.

According to the County Timeline of Confirmed Cases on Ireland's Covid-19 Data Hub the total number cases of Covid-19 in Longford since the pandemic began stands at 1,996 (as at Monday, May 3). 


Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, said: “As we look forward to the greater reopening of activities and services, our key objective now is to maintain our course in coming weeks and follow the public health advice in our daily activities.

“When you are planning to meet someone, remember that outdoors is safer for everybody. And when you meet up, stay at a 2m distance, keep to a small group and avoid crowded areas – this will minimise the risk of passing the virus from person to person, driving down the incidence rate and keeping our society open.

“Throughout this pandemic we have seen outbreaks and clusters of disease as a result of social events such as funerals, wakes and birthday parties. Unfortunately we need to continue to stay vigilant to the infectious nature of this disease and avoid congregating together in large groups. We need all sectors of society to continue to encourage and support the public health messages and to help everyone to stay safe.”

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The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 7 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

Of the deaths notified today, 5 occurred in April, 1 in February and 1 in January. The median age of those who died was 82 years and the age range was 67-92 years.

There has been a total of 4,915 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Tuesday 4th May, the HPSC has been notified of 418 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 251,087 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

199 are men / 214 are women
73% are under 45 years of age
The median age is 30 years old
167 in Dublin, 39 in Cork, 32 in Donegal, 29 in Kildare, 22 in Meath and the remaining 129 cases are spread across 20 other counties.

As of 8am today, 137 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 37 are in ICU. 18 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of Monday May 3rd, 1,621,870 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

1,174,292 people have received their first dose;
447,578 people have received their second dose.


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