Deputies call for action across the county as Donegal enters Level 3 restrictions

Minister Charlie McConalogue calls on the people of the county to do their best and reduce contacts

Coronavirus increase could see restrictions in place in Donegal for three weeks

The Taoiseach has announced that County Donegal will move to Level 3 of the Government's framework for restrictive measures from midnight on Friday night, for three weeks up to 16 October.

The move was one that was expected to take place with a surge in Covid-19 cases taking place in the county.

There are now a total of 33,994 Covid-19 here and there have been 1,797 deaths related to the virus.

Of today's cases, 167 are in Dublin, 42 cases are in Donegal, 34 in Cork, Monaghan accounts for 13 cases, 12 cases were reported in Kildare, 8 in Cavan, 6 in Limerick, 6 in Meath, 6 in Roscommon and 5 in Wicklow.

The remaining 25 cases are spread across 11 counties.

The 14-day incidence of the disease in County Donegal rose again today and is now at 122.5 confirmed cases per 100,000 people.

This is up from 106.2 yesterday, Wednesday, the sharpest jump recorded by any county in the country.

Two and a half weeks ago the 14-day incidence rate for Donegal was below 20, meaning there has been a six-fold increase in the number of active or open infections in 16 days.

Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue

The Agriculture Minister and Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal, Charlie McConalogue, has said putting his county on Level 3 Covid-19 restrictions was "a very difficult but necessary decision" by Cabinet.

The Minister said he understood this would be "difficult for people across Donegal" but added: "Our people's health has to come first."

Deputy McConalogue told RTÉ News: "I would ask everyone to do their best to follow guidelines, restrict contacts in the time ahead to get the numbers down, and... return to phase 2."

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