Latest: 26 more Covid-19 cases in Donegal, but incidence rate showing real signs of improvement

'We now have two weeks to get back on track' - Dr Tony Holohan

Latest: 26 more Covid-19 cases in Donegal with the county still with the highest 14-day incidence rate of transmission

Donegal's 14 day Covid-19 incidence rate far exceeds the national average

Donegal's 14-day incidence rate for Covid-19 cases remains the highest in the country - but the figure has shown notable improvement.

As of midnight on Tuesday, the incidence rate figure stood at 295.9. However, 24 hours later, that figure had dropped to 264.5 - the lowest for the month of November.

This evening's figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show that Donegal had 26 new Covid-19 cases as of midnight last night and nationally, there have been four additional deaths related to Covid-19.

The county has seen 421 cases over the past two weeks and it still has the highest 14-day incidence rate of the transmission of the disease at 264.5 per 100,000 of the population. The national average is 116,5 per 100,000 of the population. 

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said this evening:

“In our objective to use a six-week period to drive down Covid-19 infection in the community, our progress has stalled in the last week.

“We now have two weeks to get back on track. Drive down the disease by limiting the number of daily contacts you have. Work from home, stay at home and follow public health advice to get us to a reproduction number below 0.5 by December 1st.”

There has been a total of 2,010 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Wednesday, November 18, the HPSC has been notified of 429 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There is now a total of 69,473* confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today;

194 are men / 234 are women
69% are under 45 years of age
The median age is 34 years old
173 in Dublin, 44 in Cork, 26 in Donegal, 22 in Louth, 21 in Kildare and the remaining 143 cases are spread across the remaining 20 counties.


As of 2pm today 290 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 33 are in ICU. There have been 15 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “Deaths associated with COVID-19 have increased by 18% in the European region over the past fortnight. Last week alone, Europe registered over 29,000 new deaths. That is one person dying every 17 seconds. We have made significant progress in Ireland over recent weeks, but the disease and its risks have not changed. Please continue in your efforts to follow public health advice, limit the transmission of COVID-19 in Ireland and protect those who are most vulnerable in our families and across our communities.” 

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said; “For 3 weeks we saw case numbers declining at a rate of 5 -7% per day and a reproduction number as low as 0.6. We are aware that case numbers have now stopped declining and as a consequence the reproduction number has increased to an estimated 0.7- 0.9.


The data strongly suggests that a small, recent increase in the level of social contacts has led to the increase in reproduction number we see now. A small additional effort to reduce our contacts will make a big difference to reduce disease incidence before December 1st.”


Dr. Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE  “This pandemic has placed huge demands on our healthcare workers in addition to the standard care of patients. Their work now involves additional infection prevention and control measures which require constant vigilance and awareness. The best way we all can show our appreciation for their work is by doing your part to reduce community transmission.”



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