A curfew from 9pm to 6am daily now needs to be considered by government for hotspot covid 19 areas like the Belmullet Electoral area at present. That’s the view of local GP Dr Keith Swanick.

In addition he is calling for priority vaccination for the area, particularly for frontline health staff, in wake of the latest 14 day incident rate of the virus in the north Mayo area.

The Belmullet Electoral area has the highest number of Covid 19 cases per 100,000 population in the country over the last two weeks.

About one in every 50 people had Covid-19 in the region over the last 14 days.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre says the country's 14-day incidence rate between December 22nd and January 4th was 674 per 100,000 people.

But some local electoral areas across the country had much higher rates - some up to three times higher.

Belmullet LEA in Co Mayo was the worst, at 2,111, followed by Adare-Rathkeale LEA in Co Limerick, at 2,010.

Outside of that, the border region was the worst.

Dr Swanick told Midwest News this morning that regional rather than national curfews now need to be looked at by government in areas where the virus is rampant. He says the measure worked in other countries as a deterrent to the spread of the virus.

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