Thirty five new Covid-19 cases in the north west

Thirty-five new cases of Covid-19 in the north west have been announced by the National Public Health Emergency Team.

The figures, to midnight on Sunday, showed 11 new cases in Donegal and 12 each in Sligo and Leitrim.

There were 18 in Mayo.

Throughout the country, there were 403 new cases, with no additional deaths due to Covid.

In relation to new cases in the last 14 days, there were 325 in Donegal, 33 in Leitrim and 21 in Sligo.

Donegal now has a 14 day incidence rate of 204.2 cases per 100,000 people, which is the highest incidence rate in the country. The national rate is 115. Most of the Donegal cases are occurring in the north of the county.

The total number of cases up to yesterday were 9,583 in Donegal, 2,290 in Sligo and almost 800 in Leitrim.

More than 852,000 people have now got their first vaccine dose while almost 352,000 have received their second dose.

Overall, Covid-19 cases have “substantially” reduced, and the number of patients in critical care has “stabilised”.

That’s the message from the acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn, who says vaccination isn’t behind the general decline in infection.