Brazilians worst affected group by Covid-19 in Ireland data shows

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314 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in direct provision centres in Ireland.
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Muireann Duffy

Just under 400 Brazilians living in Ireland have tested positive for Covid-19, with 397 confirmed cases making them the foreign community most affected by the virus according to The Irish Times.

The data ranging from March to early October shows that Nigerians are the second most affected group, with 300 positive cases, followed by people from the UK with 241 confirmed cases.

The Health Protection and Surveillance Centre (HPSC), who released the data said details on ethnicity was "not always available" and that the data was based on the country of birth provided by patients, however they said regional departments are working to improve the quality of data being collected.

The data also shows that 223 Moldovans, 229 Poles, 220 Indians and 218 Romanians have contracted the virus in Ireland.

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The release also shows that 314 people have tested positive for the virus in direct provision centres around the country, with less than five deaths recorded, while there have been 119 cases of Covid-19 recorded in the Roma community and five deaths.

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To date, 50,993 people have tested positive for the virus in Ireland, with 1,852 deaths being reported to the Department of Health.

The Immigrant Council of Ireland's Teresa Buczkowska said migrants continue to provide vital services and “pay the price of being at the front line”.

“Migrants are producing our food and are delivering it to our doorsteps. They are caring for our elders, keeping our hospitals clean and are providing essential medical care,” Ms Buczkowska said.

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