Covid-19 Dublin: Northside has highest level of cases in the county

by Rachel Darcy

The highest rates of Coronavirus in the capital are on the northside of the county, new figures reveal.

Data from the Health Protection and Surveillance Centre has shown that in the 14-day period up to September 14, there were 1,401 cases recorded in the capital.

The figures come from the eight local health offices operated by the HSE in the capital, with the Dublin North and Dublin North West centres reporting over 500 cases between them.

In the Dublin North West centre, which covers Dublin 7, 11 and 15, stated that 316 cases were recorded, while 231 coronavirus cases were reported at the Dublin North centre, which covers areas of Fingal including Malahide, Rush and Portmarnock.

In the Dublin South West area, there were 175 cases registered, while Dublin West reports 163 cases.

The Dublin North Central area reported 166 cases, while there were 137 cases in Dublin South City. The Dublin South East office reported 151 cases.

This is in comparison to the Dublin South area, where just 62 cases were reported in areas like Stillorgan, Blackrock and Dun Laoghaire.

The figures come after Dublin was placed on level two of the Government’s Covid-19 roadmap, with additional restrictions in place as cases increase. However, there are fears that the growing level of cases in Dublin may lead to the capital being moved to level three on the roadmap.

Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast this morning, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said that if NPHET advise for Dublin to move to level three in the coming days, the government will ‘seriously consider’ the move.

Under current restrictions, so-called ‘wet’ pubs are not being allowed to reopen in the capital, and no more than two households can meet at one time. Dubliners are asked not to travel outside of the county, though Taoiseach Micheal Martin said that this is not a legal restriction.

Speaking on the Dermot and Dave show on Today FM this morning, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar said that there will be a ‘better idea’ of Dublin’s situation tomorrow, but noted that the numbers in the capital ‘aren’t good’.

“A decision will have to be made in the next couple of days or the next week as to whether we go to the next level, which would be what happened in Kildare, Laois and Offaly,” the Tanaiste said.

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