The South Donegal region is experiencing a recent rise in Covid-19 cases, new figures show.
The area now has the ninth highest Covid incidence rate in the Republic, and the 11th highest on the island of Ireland.
The Department of Health released local data last night showing the spread of the virus in each of the seven local authority areas (LEAs) in Donegal.
Two areas currently have above-average incidence rates, while the Donegal LEA is more than twice the national average.
Here is a look at the situation between 16 February – 01 March 2021:
A total of 113 people in the Donegal LEA were diagnosed with Covid-19 in the past two weeks – up from 82 in the previous analysis. The 14-day incidence rate in the area is above average at 426.5 per 100,000.
Ireland’s average 14-day incidence rate was 201 per 100,000 population the time of the analysis.
The Lifford-Stranorlar region, which has seen significant improvements in recent months, is also slightly above average this time. The LEA recorded 53 new cases of Covid-19 up to 1st March, while the 14 day incidence rate is now 201 per 100,000.
Case numbers have risen this fortnight in the Letterkenny LEA. There were 51 new cases in the area up to 1st March – up from 23 in the last period. The 14-day incidence rate now stands at 171 per 100,000.
Covid-19 detections have also increased in the Milford area. There were 14 new cases in the past two weeks- up from 8 in the previous period. The 14-day incidence rate in Milford LEA is now 101.7 per 100,000.
Carndonagh/North Inishowen marked a decrease in the past two weeks – there were 20 new cases in the area – down from 29 in the past two weeks. The area’s 14-day incidence rate is 117.9 per 100,000.
The Buncrana/South Inishowen region’s 14 day incidence rate is down again to 85 per 100,000. There were 19 new cases of the virus detected in South Inishowen in the past two weeks.
Case numbers have increased in the West Donegal Glenties LEA. With 31 new detections (up from from 22 in the previous analysis), the 14-day incidence rate is 129.6 per 100,000.
Galway currently has Ireland’s highest Covid-19 incidence rate.