New Covid-19 cases in Offaly spike again today as county continues to have highest rate of virus in Ireland
After a significant drop in new cases of Covid-19 in Offaly on Monday, the number of new cases in the county has spiked again today.
The latest figures show there were 44 new cases in the county today after just nine were reported yesterday. There have been 338 new cases in the county in the last two weeks.
The county continues to have the highest rate of Covid-19 in Ireland. The 14 Day Incidence Rate for the county has increased dramatically to 433.6 cases per 100,000 of population. The 14 Day Incidence Rate for Ireland stands ay 209.2 cases per 100,000.
As of midnight, Sunday, February 28, the HPSC has been notified of 687 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There has now been a total of 220,273 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today 240 were in Dublin, 49 in Limerick, 44 in Offaly, 40 in Galway, 36 in Louth and the remaining 278 cases are spread across 19 other counties.
As of 8am today, 540 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 120 are in ICU. 14 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of one additional death related to COVID-19. This death occurred in January. There has now been a total of 4,319 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, the Department of Health said; “While the number of daily cases and the number of people in hospital and critical care remain high, we continue to make progress. In the last 24 hours, we have had no new admissions to critical care, the first time this has happened since St. Stephen’s Day. This is one more tangible signal of the efforts that people continue to make and how those efforts are impacting positively on the trajectory of COVID-19 in Ireland. Please stick with this over the coming weeks.”
Professor Pete Lunn, Head of the Behavioural Research Unit, ESRI said; “Data from the Public Opinion Tracking Survey Research (Amárach/Department of Health) and from the new Social Activity Measure (ESRI/Department of the Taoiseach), give insight into how people are coping with the prolonged period of restrictions. The evidence shows that while people are finding it tough going, the large majority (79%) believe that preventing the spread of Covid-19 is more important than the burden of restrictions. Just 10% disagree.
“This pattern helps to explain how measures of compliance have been rising in recent weeks and months, despite the frustrations that people feel,” said Professor Pete Lunn, Head of the Behavioural Research Unit at the ESRI, who analysed the data. “Just because we feel a particular way, does not mean that this feeling dictates our behaviour. Rather, the large majority of people in Ireland support the restrictions and are sticking to them, despite the frustrations.
“The data also show systematic misperceptions about socially activity. Presently, half the adult population does not meet up with anyone outside their household over a 48-hour period, with less than one quarter meeting up with three or more. Yet these more socially active people believe that they are meeting fewer people than average.
“There is a clear misperception. Most people believe that others are enjoying more of a social life than they are. Those who are in fact most socially active do not realise this. The finding is important, and we need to try to correct this misperception. When people appreciate effort being made by others, they typically become more likely to follow.”
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