Covid rates rising in all areas of NW except Ballymote/Tubbercurry

The 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 per 100,000 population has increased in all but one local electoral area across the north west region.

The rate of infection in the South Donegal local electoral area has increased from 630 to 838, while Manorhamilton in Co. Leitrim has gone from 444 to 545.

In Sligo/Strandhill, the 14 day rate has increased from 341 to 421, and the Sligo/Drumcliffe local electoral has gone from 492 to 730.

Ballymote/Tubbercurry is the only area in Co. Sligo to see a decrease, going from 221 infections per 100,000 population to 183; it’s also the third consecutive week the figure for the local electoral area has gone down.

The rate for County Donegal as a whole is 624, an increase from 588, it’s 509 in Leitrim, up from 390; and it’s 404 in Sligo, up from 356.

The national rate stands at 518.


Trolley Watch

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation’s Trolley Watch figures show Letterkenny University Hospital is the most overcrowded hospital in the country for the second day in a row with 49 people waiting for a bed.

18 are waiting in Sligo University Hospital.


Covid patients

Latest figures show 15 patients are receiving treatment for Covid-19 in Sligo University Hospital and 11 in Letterkenny University Hospital.

Throughout the country, 437 patients are in public hospitals with the virus today, with 88 in intensive care.

The head of the HSE, Paul Reid, says the coming months will be tough on the health system.