THERE has been a significant increase in the number of cases of Covid-19 being reported in almost every single Local Electoral Area (LEA) in Cork.
New figures have shown that the 14-day incidence of new cases has more than doubled in some areas.
The figures, available from the Covid-19 Data Hub, showcase information at a LEA level across Ireland between September 29 and October 12.
According to the figures, the Cork City South Central LEA has the highest 14-day Covid-19 incidence per 100,000 people at 566.4.
Cork GP Ronan Boland said this is three times higher than the national average
The figures are significantly higher than the 14-day national Covid-19 incidence of 177.2 and more than double the 14-day incidence of 240.5 reported for the LEA last week.
In terms of case numbers, 219 cases of Covid-19 were reported in the area in the 14-days up to October 12.
In last week’s report, which included 14-day data up to October 5, a total of 93 cases had been reported in the same area.
Cork City South West LEA, Cork City North West LEA, Cork City North East LEA and Cork City South East LEA also reported a 14-day incidence rate which was higher than 177.2 per 100,000 people.
Cork City North East LEA reported an incidence rate of 298.8 and 126 cases. Cork City North West LEA reported a 14-day incidence rate of 256.3 and a total of 103 cases.
Cork City South West LEA reported the next highest 14-day incidence rate of 252.9 and 119 cases while Cork City South East LEA reported an incidence rate of 231.4 and less than 100 cases with a total of 99 cases confirmed.
Carrigaline LEA, Bandon - Kinsale LEA, Skibbereen-west Cork LEA, Fermoy LEA, Midleton LEA and Macroom LEA all reported a Covid-19 incidence per 100,000 of more than 100, although still lower than the national rate.
Out of those six LEA’s, Carrigaline LEA had the highest 14-day incidence rate of 173.6.
A total of 61 cases were reported in the area.
The next highest 14-day incidence rate of 143.8 was reported in Fermoy LEA with a total of 56 cases also reported.
Cobh LEA reported a 14-day incidence rate of 140.7 with 48 cases confirmed, followed by Bandon - Kinsale LEA which had an incidence rate of 139.5 with 52 cases reported in the area.
Midleton LEA reported a 14-day incidence rate of 123.2 with 56 cases reported in the area and Skibbereen-west Cork LEA reported a 14-day incidence rate of 109 with 33 cases reported in the area.
Macroom LEA reported the smallest 14-day incidence rate out of the six LEA’s with an incidence rate of 103.1 and a total of 38 cases.
Amongst the parts of Cork with the lowest incidence of Covid-19 cases are the Kanturk LEA with 14-day incidence rate of 80.2 and Mallow LEA with an incidence rate of 68.6. A total of 20 cases were reported in both LEA’s.
Bantry-west Cork reported a 14-day incidence rate of 93.6 with a total of 21 cases reported in the area.