Leitrim has recorded les than 5 new Covid-19 cases according to figures released this evening by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) and the Health Service Executive (HSE) which are valid as of midnight on November 4.
The county has recorded just 18 cases in the last 14 days as of midnight on 22 October to November 4 which equates to a 56.2 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population - the lowest in the country and the only county in Ireland to go below 100.
In neighbouring counties the figures are as follows as per new cases today, incidence rate and the number of cases in the last 14 days:
Cavan - less than 5 new cases with an incidence rate of 294.1 and 224 cases in the last fortnight.
Donegal - 75 new cases, an incidence rate of 300.3, the highest in the country and 478 cases recorded in the past 14 days.
Roscommon - less than 5 new cases, an incidence rate of 198.3 and 128 cases.
In Sligo there are 12 new cases, an incidence rate of 256.4 and 188 cases in total for the last 14 days.
In Longford there were 7 new cases recorded today giving it a 198.2 incidence rate and a total of 81 cases in the last fortnight.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 3 additional deaths related to COVID-19.
There has been a total of 1,933 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight Wednesday 4th November, the HPSC has been notified of 591 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 64,046 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today;
280 are men / 310 are women
59% are under 45 years of age
The median age is 38 years old
120 in Dublin, 75 in Donegal, 50 in Cork, 46 in Kerry, 44 in Limerick and the remaining 256 cases are spread across 20 other counties.
As of 2pm today 302 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 38 are in ICU. 20 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “A second surge is taking place across Europe. Ireland and Finland are the only European countries in the EU where reductions in 14 – day incidence have been observed. All other countries are increasing.
“Level 5 efforts over the last two weeks have succeeded in further reducing community transmission and disease incidence in Ireland, however, now is not the time to be complacent. We must keep driving down this disease- we must keep going.
“The 19 to 24 year old age group has achieved a dramatic reduction in incidence, from 450 per 100,000 to 150 per 100,000 in two weeks. They have also halved their contacts in the past 5 weeks. We all need to recognise the efforts of our young people and I thank them.”
Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said “We estimate the reproduction number at 0.7 - 0.9. This is a testament to our collective effort to stop the spread of the virus and it is very good news. We may be doing better now but it is conditional on whether we keep it up. If we continue to use this time to drive the infection right down, we will be in a good position in four weeks time.”
Dr. Vida Hamilton, National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead, Acute Hospitals, HSE: “While the age demographic of cases vary from the first surge back in March to this one, ICU admissions have affected people from all age groups, with the average length of stay at 17.8 days. People of all ages are potentially vulnerable to the more extreme symptoms of this disease.”