Thursday, September 10, 2020

Galway has seen more cases of Covid-19 in the first eight days of September than in the preceding two months.

The latest figures from the National Surveillance Protection Centre reveal that Galway now has 546 confirmed case of Covid-19, an increase of 31 since the start of September. In the preceding two months, Galway recorded just 30 new cases.

Mayo has seen its case numbers increase by just five since the start of September, from 588 to 593, while there have also been very moderate increases in Roscommon (+3) and Sligo (+2) in the same eight-day period. The Roscommon and Sligo figures now stand at 365 and 159 respectively.

Interestingly, Co Leitrim is actually the worst-performing county in Connacht in September with the number of new cases increasing by 16, from 85 on September 1 to 101 on September 8. However, Leitrim is still the county with the lowest number of cases in Ireland.

While most of the focus has been on the soaring number of Covid-19 cases in Dublin and Limerick, the numbers in Connacht are creeping up, albeit at a much slower pace. There have been 57 confirmed cases in the five counties during the first eight days of September compared to 79 in the two months from July 1 to August 31.

Galway obviously accounts for the bulk of those new cases with 29 reported since last Friday alone. Mayo, which for so long was the worst impacted county in Connacht, now looks like it will be soon overtaken by Galway, especially if colleges re-open in the coming weeks. It is understood that much of Galway’s recent increase is related to clusters in Oranmore and Renmore.

However, the announcement yesterday that a school in East Mayo had been forced to send home a class of children after a child tested positive for Covid is a reminder that there is no room for complacency. Obviously, Dublin is the real hotbed for rising Covid cases at the moment, but the statistics show that the situation is deteriorating in several other counties too, but thankfully Mayo, Sligo and Roscommon are among the best performing in the country in the first eight days of September.

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