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Coronavirus: Westmeath Has One Of the Highest Incidence Rates

Over 4,000 new cases reported today.

The Department of Health has confirmed 4,004 new cases of Covid 19 this afternoon.

The number of people in hospital has continued to fall, with 481 being treated in the country's hospitals for the virus, down 30 on yesterday. 111 patients are in ICU, up 1 from yesterday.

Meanwhile walk-in booster clinincs are open across the country today, with many reporting wait times of over an hour. Many clinics will also be open tomorrow.


Westmeath has one of the highest rates of Covid19 in the country.

Latest figures show the country's 14-day incidence rate is 1,334 cases per 100,000 people - Carlow and Kildare are also topping the list. 

4,115 new cases of Covid-19 were reported yesterday evening.

The Chief Medical Officer, Tony Holohan, is expressing 'very significant concern' at the situation - saying we're in an 'uncertain' and 'unstable' situation. 

511 Covid patients are in hospital, down 19 from yesterday, with 110 in intensive care, down five. 

Meanwhile, the Taoiseach says he's concerned but hopeful about the future in relation to the country's ability to deal with the pandemic.

Michael Martin says we have to worry about the potential of the Omicron variant to be more infectious, given the experience in other countries.

However, he believes more data is needed on the variant and its potential impact.

The Fianna Fail leader says the public has adapted to the new restrictions:

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