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Revealed: The counties with the highest rates of Covid-19

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Westmeath, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Sligo, Carlow, Waterford and Donegal have the highest incidence of Covid-19 as the summer wave continues to recede.

They were followed by Leitrim, Roscommon, Laois, Wexford, Offaly, Limerick, Mayo, Cavan and Galway, according to the latest Health Protection Surveillance Center (HPSC) weekly report.

Dublin had the lowest incidence, followed by Wicklow, Monaghan, Kildare, Meath, Cork and Clare.

The incidence is based on PCR positive tests and does not capture the actual level of infection.

Last week, 20,584 PCR tests were carried out, of which 3,016 were positive – 14.7 percent.

Another 4,472 people reported a positive home antigen test, a 12.8 percent decrease.

The highest number of new confirmed cases was in the 35-44 age group, which accounted for 18.4 percent of positive PCR tests.

Meanwhile, the number of patients with Covid-19 fell to 300 yesterday, but of those, 20 were in intensive care, an increase from three in one day.

On August 2, the proportion of patients with the virus being treated in hospital for complications from Covid-19 fell to 37 percent, from about half before.

More than a third of those treated for the effects of Covid-19 received a booster shot and another 28 per cent received two doses. Another 35 percent were unvaccinated.

Of those with the virus in intensive care, 47 percent were treated for Covid-19.

In her weekly report last August 5, Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Breda Smyth that on August 2, 100 Covid-19-related deaths were reported in July, 100 in June and 122 in May.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/revealed-the-counties-with-the-highest-rates-of-covid-19-41921582.html Revealed: The counties with the highest rates of Covid-19

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