Munster counties worst hit by summer Covid surge

Limerick has reported Ireland's highest rate of infection.
Munster counties worst hit by summer Covid surge

Munster counties currently have higher infection rates than Dublin, latest figures show.

Several counties in Munster have some of the highest infection rates of Covid-19 in the country, latest figures show.

According to the Covid-19 Data Hub, Limerick has the highest incidence rate of the virus, with 579.3 people per 100,000 infected.

This is followed by Waterford at 575 per 100,000, with the rest of the counties in Munster recording rates higher than those seen in Dublin.

Clare has an incidence rate of 529.4 per 100,000 people, followed by Cork at 523.5, Kerry at 514.5, and Tipperary at 509.5 per 100,000.

At the start of the year, Limerick saw an incidence rate of 5,300 per 100,000 for the virus, reporting as many as over a thousand cases in one day.

University Hospital Limerick has seen peristent overcrowding in recent weeks due to the surge. Picture Dan Linehan
University Hospital Limerick has seen peristent overcrowding in recent weeks due to the surge. Picture Dan Linehan

HSE chiefs have acknowledged that the country is in the middle of another wave of Covid-19 driven by the BA4 and BA5 subvariants.

On Tuesday, there were 205 cases of Covid-19 reported in Limerick via PCR tests, with 1,129 cases in total reported over the past 14 days.

In Cork, 2,842 cases of the virus have been reported in the past fortnight, with 291 cases recorded via PCR on Tuesday.

On Friday morning, there were 812 patients suffering from the virus in Irish hospitals, and there were 33 Covid-19 patients in ICU by Thursday at midday.

On Wednesday, 3,180 positive antigen test results were reported, while 1,995 positive cases of the virus were detected via PCR.

The true number of Covid cases is not known as current data is largely based on people self-reporting positive tests. 

Separately, new figures published by the Central Statistics Office shows a wide disparity across the country in take up of booster doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.

In Cork city, take up of the first booster dose – which was available to all adults who had received a full course of the initial vaccination programme – is above 60% in many areas.

The south-east of Cork city has the highest take-up of a booster in all of Munster, on 67%. It’s followed by Adare-Rathkeale in Limerick and Listowel in Kerry on 65%.

Waterford city south has the lowest takeup of a booster at 52% of the eligible population.

For booster doses, the takeup in different local electoral areas in the country range from 35% to 74%.

The CSO also released data on what percentages of children aged 5-11 have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

The fully vaccinate rate across local electoral areas ranges from 4% to 53% for these children, according to the figures. In Cork south central, 15% of 5-11 year olds were fully vaccinated. This rose to 31% in Cobh and 35% in the Carrigaline electoral area.

Earlier this week, the Cabinet agreed to sign off on laws allowing for the reintroduction of mandatory face masks in some settings.

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