Covid 19 cases decrease in Inishowen as some restrictions lift

Covid 19 cases in Inishowen are stabilising, following a surge in recent weeks.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 2:37 pm

Recently published data shows that in the 14 days up to Monday, April 5, North Inishowen recorded 31 cases, with a 14 day local area incidence rate of 182.7 per 100k.

South Inishowen recorded 70 cases, with an incidence rate of 313 per 100k. While this is still more than double the national average, which was at 157.1 when the data was reported, it is significantly lower than the figure for the two weeks up to March 29, when it was at 425.8.

The number of cases recorded in Donegal, as a whole, from March 26 to April 8 was 307, which is an incidence rate of 192.8.

There have been 151 deaths in the county connected to Covid-19, with the median age being 83 years old. There have been no deaths due to Covid 19 recorded in the county since March 5.

This week’s ‘Staying Local Indicator’ which shows the percentage of the population that stayed local (within 10km of home) over a seven day period confirmed that 54.1% did so in Donegal in the week ending March 31. This is the same percentage as the previous week, up to March 24.

Meanwhile, yesterday saw the relaxation of some Covid-19 restrictions in the South. This included the 5km limit for exercise and people are now permitted to travel anywhere within their own county or 20km of their home if crossing county boundaries. In-school teaching also fully returned yesterday and all residential construction resumed, as well as early-learning and childcare projects. Households could also meet one other household outside but not in each other’s gardens.

Further measures will be relaxed later this month.