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Highest 14-day incidence rate of coronavirus cases are found in number of Donegal areas

Milford in Co Donegal has the highest 14-day incidence rate of coronavirus cases in the State. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Milford in Co Donegal has the highest 14-day incidence rate of coronavirus cases in the State. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

 

The electoral area of Milford in Co Donegal has the highest 14-day incidence rate of coronavirus cases in the State and is more than three times the national rate, the latest data shows.

The 14-day rate per 100,000 population is a useful measure of how the virus is spreading and data has been made available by authorities showing that rate in each 166 local electoral areas.

The latest figures published on the Government’s data hub examines the 14-day Covid-19 incidence rate between November 10th and November 23rd. While the State’s 14-day Covid-19 incidence rate is now 107.8 per 100,000 population, Milford’s rate is 355.8.

Of the six areas with the highest incidence rate of coronavirus in the State, four of them are in Donegal. Milford is followed by the electoral area of Letterkenny (305.5) while the areas of Buncrana (281.7) and Carndonagh (265.3) have the fifth and sixth highest rates in the country respectively.

When the figures were published two weeks, Buncrana had the highest rate in the country at 536.5 cases per 100,000 population.

Other electoral areas that recorded high rates include Dundalk South in Co Louth at 299.1, Waterford City South ( 284.7), Edenderry in Co Offaly (252.9) and Limerick City West (243.6).

The national rate has been decreasing gradually since the move to tighter restrictions on October 22nd and stood at 107.8 as of Monday, down from 135 two weeks ago.

The latest figures show eight electoral area recorded less than five cases, with three areas in Mayo - Belmullet, Swinford and Westport - recording five or less cases over the two week timeframe. The electoral area of Ballinasloe in Co Galway; Muinbeag in Co Carlow; Cahir in Tipperary; Carrickmacross-Castleblaney in Co Monaghan; and Bantry-West Cork also recorded less than five cases.

In Dublin, Ballymun-Finglas had the highest incidence rate of coronavirus cases in the county at 192.7, followed by Tallaght South (163.5) and Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart at 158.6 cases per 100,000 population.

The electoral area of Rush-Lusk recorded the lowest incidence rate in Dublin of at 46.1 per 100,000 population, 2.3 times lower than the national rate. This was followed by Glencullen-Sandyford at 49.2 and Pembroke at 59.4.

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