Covid hotspots: Buncrana and Dungarvan have the highest infection rates in the country


Buncrana in Donegal and Dungarvan in Waterford are the two national hotspots for Covid-19 with nearly six times the national incidence over 14 days.

The 14-day national incidence is 107 per 100,000, an increase from yesterday.

But it reaches 608.1 per 100,000 in Buncrana and 600.1 per 100,000 in Dungarvan.

The second highest incidence is in Carndonagh, Donegal, where it is 489.3 per 100,000.

Other high-impact areas are Athlone, to the north and east of the city of Limerick, Castleknock in Dublin, Ongar to the west of Dublin and the Blandchardstown and Mulhuddart areas of the city.

It comes amid warnings that Ireland appears poised for a fourth wave of the virus, fueled by the more infectious Delta variant.

A number of outbreaks have been reported in parts of the country, some originating from outside and then spreading as those infected spread it further.

Speaking in the Dail today, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said nearly 4.2 million doses of the vaccine have now been administered; more than two in three adults in our country have now received at least one dose of the vaccine.

“At 45%, we are approaching one in two fully vaccinated adults. Last week, the immunization program delivered the highest number of vaccines to date. It was a record week, with more than 350,000 vaccines delivered.

“This week will see over 300,000 doses administered, probably between 310,000 and 330,000.

“The vaccination program is continuing at a steady pace. I can confirm to my colleagues a measure that we have all made an effort to comply with.

“This has been the cornerstone of our program. The volume of vaccine that goes out is the volume that has arrived in the country.

“I am referring to this very high percentage, until the 1990s, of vaccines entering people’s arms within seven days of arriving in the country. Despite many challenges and changes, this pace has been maintained, which is really welcome. “

He said the HSE is now accepting registrations for vaccination from people aged 35 to 39 and is scheduling appointments for that age group.

“I announced yesterday that registrations for 30-34 year olds will start next week.

“I can confirm to my colleagues this morning that the portal will open on Friday to people aged 30 to 34. As was the case for previous age groups, on Friday the portal will open to 34-year-olds. , Saturdays at 33, etc.

Starting Monday, those aged 18 to 34 will be able to register with a pharmacist for a vaccine and get a Johnson and Johnson vaccine subject to supply.


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