Only Dublin and Cork recorded more cases of Covid-19 than Sligo in the first week in July, statistics from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) have revealed.
Sligo had five of the 69 new cases reported nationally between June 30 and July 7 with Dublin (10) and Cork (9) the only other counties to have higher figures. Sligo reported another new case last night to bring its total to 147, up from 141 at the start of the month. Indeed, Sligo has had more cases in July than the five other Connacht counties combined with Mayo, Galway and Roscommon each recording one additional case this month while Leitrim has recorded two. Mayo reported its first case in nine days last night, bringing its total since the outbreak started in March to 573.
The HPSC said last night that it had been notified of 25 new confirmed cases nationally, bringing the total of number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland at present to 25,589.
Following the six deaths reported on Thursday, the HPSC said one more person with Covid-19 has died.
There has now been a total of 1,744 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.
Dr. Ronan Glynn, acting chief medical officer, Department of Health, said: “This weekend, we all have an opportunity to exercise, socialise and enjoy life in a safe and responsible way.
“We have a responsibility to continue to protect each other, using public health advice and encourage each other to make safe choices.
“We have all achieved so much through solidarity over the last few months, that effort must not be in vain.”