HEALTH officials have confirmed another 26 positive cases of Covid-19 in Donegal today.
Donegal’s 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population is 264.5, which is the highest in the country and over twice the national average of 116.5.
There have now been 421 infections in Donegal over the last 14 days.
Nationally, four more Covid-19 related deaths and 429 new cases were confirmed by health officials.
Ireland’s death toll is now 2,010 while there have been 69,473 positive cases.
Of the cases notified today: 194 are men and 234 are women; 69 per cent are under 45 years of age; the median age is 34 years old.
Of the new cases, 173 are in Dublin, while there are 44 in Cork, 26 in Donegal, 22 in Louth, 21 in Kildare and the remaining 143 cases are spread across 20 other counties
As of 2pm today, 290 Cofid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 33 are in ICU. There have been 15 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “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.”
Earlier today, 12 further Covid-19 deaths and 487 new cases were confirmed in Northern Ireland. Some 57 of the cases were located in the Derry City and Strabane District Council region.