Two Galway areas record COVID rates above national average

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Just two of Galway’s ten local electoral areas have recorded 14-day COVID incidence rates above the national average in new figures released this week.

Galway City East LEA has the highest rate in the county at 1,560 cases per 100,000 people after 415 new cases were confirmed in the area in the two weeks to 13 December.

Galway City Central LEA also recorded a rate higher than the national average, with 1,498 cases per 100,000 inhabitants (400 cases in two weeks).

Tuam LEA has the lowest rate in the county at 762 (253 new cases) while Gort-Kinvara LEA has the second lowest at 847 (199 cases).

The rate in Galway City West LEA now stands at 1,257 (319 new cases) and Loughrea’s rate is now 1,124 (261 new cases).

Both LEAs in Connemara recorded rates above 1,000 – Conamara North has a 14-day rate of 1,012 (174 new cases in two weeks) while Conamara South’s rate is now 1,092 (233 new cases).

Ballinasloe’s 14-day COVID-19 incidence rate is also below the national average at 978 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, with 275 new cases in the fortnight to 13 December.