Donegal singled out for worrying level of non-compliance with Covid guidelines

Chief Medical Officer says the county must do better

Dr Tony Holohan coronavirus covid-19

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holahan said the level of compliance with Covid-19 restrictions in Donegal was concerning when compared to the rest of the country.

During Friday evening’s NPHET meeting, Dr Holohan said there were: “ a number of the kinds of activities that - let’s just be honest the dogs on the street including those in Donegal know shouldn’t be happening - are happening.”

Deputy Chief Medical Officer was more specific, saying: “We are seeing birthday parties, peer parties, older secondary school children meeting up socially outside of the school environments, social events linked to funerals and weddings.”

The 14-day incidence rate in Donegal is the highest in the country, standing at 293.4 per 100,000 people. Nationally, the average is 125.

As well as the human cost of the effects of Covid-19, it would be devastating for the local economy if Donegal did not reopen at the same time as the rest of the country.

A higher level of compliance is needed if the situation in the county is to be brought under control.

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