Huge increase in Ireland 14-day Covid incidence rate

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Luxembourg has the highest 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 in Europe according to data from the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC).

The information shows that the small landlocked country which borders Germany and France has a rate of 137 cases per 100,000 people.

Ireland meanwhile has a rate of 16.9 cases per 100,000, a worrying increase on 2.5 cases for the two-week period ending July 28th.

Ireland's rate had been steadily increasing since the end of June, but the latest two-week analysis shows the largest jump by far.

Cases per 100,000

Ireland 16.9
UK 16.5
Spain 75.8
Italy 7.4
France 26.0
Greece 13.3
Portugal 24.4
Malta 58.6
Poland 23.0
Sweden 32.5

Ireland has now surpasses the incidence rate of the UK, which currently has a rate of 16.5 cases per 100,000.

The rate per 100,000 is considered a key indicator for how the virus is spreading in a country, with acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn citing it as one of the determinants used to decide to place Kildare, Laois and Offaly back into lockdown.

The same rate has also been used to determine which countries can be included on Ireland's green list and which countries had to be removed.

The green list was first published at the end of July, allowing travellers arriving into 15 countries entry into Ireland without the need to quarantine for two weeks.

As the 14-day incidence rate increased in a number of European countries, the Government decided to remove five countries from the original list, making no additions.

An update of the list is expected every two weeks, with a 'red list' of countries which should not be visited also being considered.

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