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21/10/2021

Donegal GP says high Covid-19 incidence is worrying and is causing 'significant sickness'

Dr Denis McCauley said the high infection rate in Northern Ireland is being mirrored in parts of north Donegal

Donegal GP says high Covid-19 incidence is worrying and is causing 'significant sickness'

The Carndonagh area has the highest incidence in the country for the sixth week in a row at more than five times the national average

A Donegal GP has said the consistently high Covid-19 incidence in parts of the county is worrying and is causing people to attend hospital with "significant sickness".

Dr Denis McCauley, chair of the GP Committee of the Irish Medical Organisation, said on Friday the cases are mostly among the younger age groups and people of all ages who are not vaccinated.

He was speaking after the Carndonagh area was confirmed as having the highest incidence in the country for the sixth week in a row at more than five times the national average.

He said the high rate in Northern Ireland is being mirrored in parts of north Donegal. 

The fact that unvaccinated people are being allowed to enjoy hospitality indoors and fewer young people are being vaccinated explains the high infection rate in Northern Ireland, he told RTÉ.

"It is the proximity to a high incidence area rather than the actions [of people in north Donegal] particularly that is having the effect. But the numbers are very high and it is a worry and unfortunately, the unvaccinated people are beginning to show themselves through presenting [in hospital] with significant sickness."

The Carndonagh area has a 14-day incidence rate of almost 2,700 cases per 100,00 people.

The neighbouring area Derry and Strabane District Council area has a seven-day rate of 961.8. The Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area has a seven-day incidence of 1,225.

Figures from Health Service Executive show there were 19 patients with Covid-19 in Letterkenny University Hospital on Thursday night with one case in ICU. There were eight new Covid-19 admissions in 24 hours, the joint-highest figure in the country.

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