Ireland's 14-day incidence rate continues to rise as second wave pushes through Europe

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Muireann Duffy
Ireland's 14-day incidence rate continues to climb the European ranks according to data from the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC).

Data from October 14th shows that the 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people in the Republic was 171.66, giving us the 17th highest rate our of 50 European countries and territories.

However, with the addition of the 1,095 cases recorded up to midnight on October 13th, the country's incidence rate is now 190.7 according to a statement released by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) yesterday evening.

Andorra, Montenegro and the Czech Republic had the highest rates according to the ECDC figures, with 1350.8, 593.55 and 581.26 respectively.

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The ECDC data reflects the worsening situation across the continent, with seven countries/territories recording incidence rates in excess of 300.

On the other end of the scale, ten European areas have maintained their rates below 50, most notably countries such as Cyprus, Norway, Greece and Finland.

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The lowest rate recorded in the ECDC figures is the small Channel island of Guernsey, with a population of approximately 64,468, recording 257 cases and 13 deaths.

France and Spain continue to record very high levels of the virus, forcing French president Emmanuel Macron to imposed increased restrictions in a number of major cities across the country.

The UK has the ninth highest rate according to the data, with a new system of restrictions being brought in there also to curb the spread of the virus.

Liverpool was placed under the highest level of the UK government's new plan from midnight on Tuesday, with bars, restaurants and gyms among those forced to shut their doors.

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