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Galway city’s 14-day incidence rate almost six times higher than national average

There were 345 cases recorded in the Galway City Central local authority area between February 9th and February 22nd. File photograph: iStock

There were 345 cases recorded in the Galway City Central local authority area between February 9th and February 22nd. File photograph: iStock

 

Galway city has the highest rate of Covid-19 in the country, with a 14-day incidence rate that is almost six times higher than the national average, according to the latest figures.

The 14-day incidence rate in the Galway City Central local authority area was 1,292 per 100,000 between February 9th and 22nd. There were 345 cases in the area at the time.

This is almost six times the average rate for the State which stands at 240.4 per 100,000 for the same time period.

The data is published on the Government’s Covid-19 Data Hub every Thursday night. Here, we put the figures in a searchable table so you can check your area and compare it to other local electoral areas in the Republic. If you are reading this on The Irish Times app, go here to search.

It is the second week in a row that Galway city has had the highest rate of infection in the State. It has been blamed on an outbreak among third-level students despite the fact that the local university, NUI Galway, is closed at present.

On February 14th, the Health Service Executive’s director of public health in the west, Dr Breda Smyth, warned the nature of transmission means many students may have been exposed to the virus.

The second highest level of infection in the State is in the Ballymun-Finglas local authority area which had a 14-day incidence rate of 798 per 100,000. It recorded 439 infections between February 9th and 22nd.

Outbreak

The third highest rate is in Tullamore where 162 cases were recorded between February 9th and 22nd. It may be linked to a significant outbreak of Covid-19 at the Nelipak Healthcare Packaging plant in Clara. The factory has since been reopened after a deep clean.

The local authority area with the fourth highest rate of Covid-19 is Tallaght South which had a rate of 555.5 per 100,000 between February 9th and 22nd.

The best performing area is Chorca Dhuibhne on the Dingle peninsula in Co Kerry. It did not register a figure between February 9th and 22nd as it recorded less than five cases.

The 14-day rate across the Republic is continuing to decline and is now 20th in Europe, having been the highest rate in the world in January. The national 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 is 240.4, down from 269.3 last week, 316 two weeks ago and 455 the week before.