Help needed to curb spread of Covid-19 in Dublin 15

by Sylvia Pownall

Concerns have been expressed over the “extremely high” rates of Covid-19 in the Blanchardstown/Mulhuddart area of Dublin.

While new data shows that the capital is slowly but surely winning the battle against the virus, incidence rates remain worryingly high in some areas, particularly west Dublin.

Latest figures from the national Covid-19 Data Hub show Blanchardstown/Mulhuddart remains not just the worst Local Electoral Area in Dublin but also the country with 756.2 cases per 100,000 over two weeks.

Ballymun-Finglas has the second highest rate with 736.2 cases per 100,000 followed by Palmerstown-Fonthill on 596.8, North Inner City on 556.5 and Lucan on 553.5.

Glencullen-Sandyford has the lowest incidence rate at 183 followed by Dundrum at 200.3, Pembroke on 216.3 and Rathfarnham-Templeogue on 235.9.

Dublin West Sinn Fein TD Paul Donnelly said: “I am deeply concerned about the significant surge in Coivd 19 cases, in the Blanchardstown/Mulhuddart community. The fact that it is running at twice the national average is shocking.

“This community has one of the youngest and most diverse populations in the state. Many workers in the Blanchardstown/Mulhuddart community are frontline workers and must go to work. The vast majority cannot work from home.

“It is also one of the most disadvantaged communities in Dublin West. Support is essential for this community and it’s critically important that action is taken to prevent it spiralling out of control.”

Deputy Donnelly called for a “special focus” from the HSE warning: “The sad fact is that this will result in an increase in pressure on Connolly hospital and will inevitably result in more deaths.”

He added: “I am also calling on the Gardai to put a special focus on enforcing the regulations. Just this week, residents have contacted me about large groups congregating at local shops in the Mulhuddart community with no masks and no social physical distancing.

“I am calling on everyone in the Blanchardstown and Mulhuddart community, to please do their bit to bring the numbers down. Please keep your children and young people at home, ensure you physically distance, wear a mask and wash your hands.

“The work to stop the further spread of this virus must start now.

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