Covid-19 hotspots have been identified in Down, Donegal and Waterford, but there are also areas of this region that have recorded high case numbers in the last two weeks of June.

The Ballymote - Tubbercurry area recorded 59 new cases of the virus between 15 and 28 June, with a 14-day incidence rate of 220 per 100,000 people - well above the national average.

Galway city had a 14-day rate of 185 per 100,000 people, compared to 46 in Connemara.

And Athlone is also a hotspot, with the 14-day rate at 308, while 70 new cases of the virus were recorded between 15 and 28 June

Roscommon's 14-day incidence rate was 140 per 100,000 people - compared to 19 in Ballina and 36 per 100,000 in Castlebar.

The Roscommon electoral area recorded 32 new cases of the virus in the last 2 weeks of June.

The HSE is opening a pop-up walk-in test centre in Roscommon Town next Monday and Tuesday, due to a spike in cases in the town.

No appointment is needed to avail of a Covid-19 test at the Roscommon Arts Centre, and the testing centre will be open from 11am to 5pm both days for people who do NOT have symptoms of the virus but would like to be tested.

A closer look now at the latest Covid-19 figures across Co Mayo - with all electoral areas showing 14-day incidence rates well below the national average.

Belmullet and Westport are almost Covid-free at present, with less than 5 new cases reported in both electoral areas in the last two weeks of June.

The 14-day incidence rate is not shown for these areas, as case numbers are so low.

The highest number of Mayo cases recorded over that 2-week period was in Castlebar, with 11 new cases and a 14-day incidence rate of 36 - well below the national average of around 100 cases per 100,000 people.

The 14-day rate in the Claremorris electoral area is 33 per 100,000 people with 9 new cases of the virus reported.

The 14-day rate is almost 29 per 100,000 in Swinford and 19 in Ballina -  just 5 new cases of the virus were reported in both Ballina and Swinford over that fortnight.

Mayo is performing very well nationally, and has the second lowest incidence rate in the country.



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