Rate of Covid infection increases across the region

The rate of Covid-19 infection per 100,00 people has increased across the region compared to this time last week.

Donegal remains as the highest rate of infection in the country.

As of the 16th of December, 435 new cases were recorded in the region; 33 in County Sligo, 393 in Donegal and 9 in Leitrim.

This compares to 395 cases at the same time last week.

The national rate of infection per 100,000 people is now 94.2, up from 79.

The rate of infection, accurate as of the 14th of December, for the local electoral area of Sligo/Drumcliff has remained at less than 5 and the Sligo/Strandhill area has increased from 37.9 to 80.5.

Ballymote/Tubbercurry, has decreased from 37.9 to 37.4 while the rate for Co. Sligo as a whole is 50.4, up from 33.6.

In South Donegal, the rate has increased from 67.9 to 71.7 and the rate for the county has gone from 230.5 to 246.5.

This means the county remains the highest in Ireland.

The Manorhamilton local electoral area has a current rate of infection of 64.7, an increase from 46.2.

Co. Leitrim has a rate of 28.1, up from 18.7.

Yesterday, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre confirmed 484 new cases and 3 additional deaths nationally, the same time two weeks ago the figure was 183.