October 20, 2020

Waterford town identified as Covid ‘hotspot’

Tramore has the highest incidence rate of Covid-19 in county Waterford.

It has been identified as a Covid ‘hotspot’ – places with more than 100 cases per 100,000 – after new localised data on the spread of the virus reveals it recorded a rate of 134.1 cases.

As the county prepares to enter lockdown, detailed new statistics, which were updated by the Department of Health yesterday, reveals the specifiic breakdown of cases in local electoral area.

When the incidence rates per 100,000 over the past two weeks are compared, the worst affected electoral area in the county – and the country as a whole – is Lifford/Stranorlar in Donegal, with a rate of 336.1 per 100,000 people.

The second-worst affected area in Ireland is Celbridge in Kildare, where an incidence rate of 300.6 per population of 100,000 has been recorded. This is followed by Ballymun-Finglas, in Dublin, where the rate is 265.4.

The fourth worst-hit area in the country is Bray West, in Co Wicklow, where the figure is 206.5

In Dublin, which is currently at level three of restrictions, following on from the worst-affected area of Ballymun-Finglas, South West Inner City has a rate of 191.3. Tallaght South is at 166.4.

In Louth, the Dundalk-Carlingford electoral area has an incidence rate of 179.7 compared to Dundalk South, in the same county, with a rate of 120.2


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