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Two Midlands Counties Among Those With Highest Incidence Rates In Ireland

1,400 cases have been confirmed in the region in the seven days up to Sunday. 

Westmeath and Laois are among the counties with the highest incidence rate of covid-19 in the last week. 

However Offaly is experiencing lower levels of transmission at the moment. 

The latest figures from the Health Protection Surveillance centre show just over 1,400 cases have been confirmed in the region in the seven days up to Sunday. 

586 in Westmeath, 503 in Laois and 384 in Offaly. 

That gives the lake county the fifth highest 7-day incidence rate per 100,000 of the population at 660.1.

Laois sits seventh in that table at 593.9.

Only Roscommon, Kildare and Monaghan are fairing better than Offaly at the moment. 

The transmission rate in the faithful county stands at 407.1 per 100,000 people. 

Nationally, the 14-day incidence rate of the virus has more than doubled over the last month. 

It now stands at 895 cases per 100,000 people - compared to less than 400 at the same time in October. 

Eight counties - Westmeath, Laois, Louth, Waterford, Carlow, Leitrim, Longford and Kerry have a transmission rate of over 1,000 per 100,000 people in this time. 
 

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