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Carlow has third highest COVID incidence rate in Ireland

Carlow currently ranks third on the COVID incidence rate per 100,000 people - according to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

There have been 308 cases of the virus confirmed in the past fortnight in Carlow, whose 7-day-moving rate is also large, indicating that new cases are still high across the county.

Its 7-day incidence of 321.4 cases per 100,000 population ranks only behind Donegal (406.4) and Monaghan (462.6)

However, three other South-East counties rank among the bottom six in their incidence rate per 100,000 population.

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Waterford (148.9), Tipperary (134.1) and Wexford (112.9) are all extremely low on the list, with only Wicklow (94.1) holding a lower 7-day case rate across the 26 counties than the Model.

It's as 1,181 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported this evening.

The five-day moving average has dropped to 1,401 - down almost 80 from four days ago.

309 Covid patients are in hospital - down 12 from yesterday - while the ICU figure is up two to 60.

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