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HSE data shows Galway City has been hit hardest by COVID-19 in Ireland

GALWAY: The HSE has released details of the ten most COVID-19 infected and least-infected areas in Ireland. The figures show that Galway City has been the hardest hit by COVID-19 in Ireland.

The incidence rate in Galway city, where COVID-19 was most severely affected in the country, is five times the national average.

In the 14 days leading up to February 22, there were 1,292 cases per lakh in the Galway City Central local electoral area. One out of every 80 people tested positive for COVID-19. This is more than five times the national average of 240.4 per lakh.

Ballymun-Finglas in the Dublin area ranked second-highest in the country at 798 cases per 100,000.

Galway City East had the third most cases with an incidence of 579 per 100,000.

The fourth and tenth ranks are in County Offaly, with Tullamore and Birr at 555.6 and 471 incidence rates, respectively.

Limerick City East, where the University of Limerick is located, ranks sixth in the country out of 166 Local Electoral Areas (LEA). Here 546.1 cases per 100,000 were reported.

Tallaght South (555.5), Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart (529.6), Ballyfermot-Drimnagh (488.4) and North Inner City (487.3) were the worst-hit areas in Dublin and the country.

Granard in Longford and Corca Dhuibhne in Kerry are the only two LEAs that have not reported infection in the two weeks leading up to February 22nd.

Listowel (20.9), Kenmare (35.9) and Killarney (47.3) have very low incident rates compared to other parts of the nation. Kerry currently has the lowest incidence (59.6) among counties.

Ennistymon (30.5) in Clare, Bray East (35) in Wicklow, Cork City South West (51), Midleton (52.8) and Milford (58.1) in Donegal are all among the areas with the lowest number of confirmed cases in terms of population.

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