List of counties with highest Covid rates revealed


Waterford, Carlow, Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary had the highest incidence rates of Covid-19 last week.

Figures show Waterford tops the rankings with an incidence of 661.9 per 100,000, followed by Carlow at 586.7 per 100,000.

The Health Protection Surveillance Center figures are based on free HSE PCR tests and do not include people who found themselves positive after an antigen test at home.

The counties with the lowest incidence are Monaghan, Donegal, Mayo, Cavan, Meath, Leitrim, Roscommon, Louth and Dublin.

This contrasts with an improving Covid-19 picture, with the number of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 falling to 933, although 58 of them are in intensive care.

There were 2,098 PCR-confirmed cases yesterday, with 2,630 people registering a positive result through home antigen testing.

Figures show the number of Covid-19 outbreaks also fell to 133 last week – down 38 from the previous week – although there were still 12 in hospitals and 45 in care homes.

A hospital outbreak saw 15 cases and a nursing home infected up to 27 residents and staff with the virus. There was also a significant outbreak at a 99-case prison.

A new study today shows that people at increased risk of developing a stroke or heart attack in the next 10 years – but without existing cardiovascular disease – who contract Covid-19 are almost three times as likely to be hospitalized must be admitted and treated in intensive care.

They are six times more likely to die from the virus than people at low cardiovascular risk.

The research, presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in Lisbon, Portugal, was co-authored by Jennifer Davidson and Dr. Charlotte Warren-Gash from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK.

The researchers say the findings underscore the importance of Covid-19 vaccination and investing in cardiovascular health strategies that could reduce the severity of the virus across the population.

Throughout the pandemic, chronic health conditions such as cardiovascular disease have been associated with the most serious outcomes, including hospitalizations and deaths.

This has been observed in other countries including Ireland.

Cardiovascular diseases include coronary artery disease – angina and myocardial infarction – stroke and transient ischemic attacks known as mini-strokes.

However, individuals at increased cardiovascular risk but without existing cardiovascular disease were not identified as a risk group for severe Covid-19.

For this study, the researchers used the electronic medical records of 949,973 adults aged 40 to 84 years.

dr Warren-Gash, senior author of the study, said: “It is important that people at higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease are encouraged to take Covid-19 vaccines and booster shots.”

Changing cardiovascular risk could also improve outcomes for people who get sick with Covid. List of counties with highest Covid rates revealed

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