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Virus spread Coronavirus Ireland: Belmullet, Co Mayo has highest incidence rate as local case numbers revealed

Belmullet has by far the highest incidence rate per 100,000 of the disease currently at 6031.7, almost double that of every other region.

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More than 1 in 17 people in Belmullet, Co Mayo have tested positive for Covid 19 in the two weeks up to January 11.

More than 1 in 17 people in Belmullet, Co Mayo have tested positive for Covid 19 in the two weeks up to January 11.

More than 1 in 17 people in Belmullet, Co Mayo have tested positive for Covid 19 in the two weeks up to January 11.

More than one in 17 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Belmullet in Co Mayo in the last two weeks, new coronavirus data has shown.

Belmullet has by far the highest incidence rate per 100,000 of the disease currently at 6031.7, almost double that of every other region.

The national incidence rate is 1,497 - equating to one in 67 people in Ireland receiving a positive test result in the two weeks up to January 11.

The latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) was published on Thursday.

One in 26 people have tested positive for the virus in Dundalk South in the last fortnight, with the second high incidence of 3,783. The region has seen 1,227 cases in the 14 days up to January 11.

Dundalk-Carlingford (2,395) and Ardee (2,161) also have well above average disease incidence, as the county has the second-highest in the country at 2,462.

Many regions across the country have such high levels of the disease that more than one in 40 have tested positive with all hospitals in the State under severe pressure.

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Limerick has three different regions with an incidence of over 2,000 per 100,000 as Adare-Rathkeale shows the third-highest incidence in the nation at 3,118, Newcastle West stands at 2,305, while Limerick City West (containing UHL) has an incidence of 2,020.

Tramore-Waterford City West has the highest incidence in the south of the country at 3,107.

Monaghan continues to be the county with the highest incidence at 2,794, meaning one in 35 Monaghan people have been confirmed to have the virus in the last two weeks.

Ballybay-Clones (3,054), Carrickmacross-Castleblayney (2,682) and Monaghan Town (2,459) are all within the eight highest areas infected in the country.

Tallaght Central has the highest rate within the capital at 2,238, meaning one in 44 has been confirmed to be infected in the last 14 days. Rathfarnham-Templeogue at 2,087 is the second-highest incidence in Dublin.

Enniscorthy has the highest rate of the disease in the South east at 2,767 while Cork City South East is the highest in Co Cork at 2,452 per 100,000.

Donegal - whose incidence has been very high in recent months - has experienced a slight drop off in cases with Milford (2,440) the highest area in the county.

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