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02 Dec 2021

South and south-west Donegal has the county’s highest Covid-19 infection rate

Signs of improvement in Donegal compared to other parts of the country

Three Donegal  areas among the top five highest Covid-19 rates in the country

The Donegal LEA has the highest rate of infection in the county and is ranked 13th in the State

Parts of south and south-west Donegal have the highest Covid-19 infection rate in the county, latest figures show. 

The breakdown of Covid-19 infection rates across the State shows signs of improvement in Donegal compared to other parts of the country.

None of the county’s local electoral areas (LEAS) are among the areas with the ten highest rates of infection in the country.

The Donegal LEA has the highest rate of infection in the county and is ranked 13th in the State.

All but one of the county’s seven LEAs have 14-incidence rates above the national average. 

Four of the areas have seen infection rates rise over seven days.

The number of cases in the Donegal LEA, which covers south and south-west Donegal from Bundoran to Glencolmcille, in the 14 days up to last Monday has risen from 167 to 122 on the previous two weeks. The 14-day incidence rate has increased to 838 cases per 100,000 from 630.4.

The Letterkenny LEA has the second-highest incidence in the county as the number of cases over the previous 14 days dropped to 193 from 209 as the rate fell from 701.6 to 647.8. 

In the Carndonagh LEA, which covers north Inishowen, the number of new cases increased from 102 to 106 as the incidence rose to  624.9 from 601.3.

The number of new cases in The Lifford-Stranorlar area dropped from 180 to 159 as the infection rate fell from 695.3 cases per 100,000 people to 614.2.

There has been a significant rise in the incidence in the Glenties area as the number of new cases over the latest two-week period rose from 91 to 141. The infection rate has increased to 589.5 from 380.5.

The number of new cases in the Milford LEA fell to 70 from 96 as the incidence dropped to 508.3 from 697.1.

The Buncrana LEA, which covers the south Inishowen, still has the lowest rate in the county. The area saw the number of cases increase to 69 from 55. The incidence has increased to 308.5 from  245.9. It is the only LEA in the county with an incidence below last Monday’s national average of 493.

The highest incidence in the State is in the Waterford City South LEA which has an infection rate of  1,486 cases per 100,000 people over 14 days.

The State’s lowest infection rate is the Athlone LEA which has a rate of 238.

READ MORE: Donegal’s Covid-19 incidence rising at lower rate than national average

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