Bray People

Con­cern over surge in Covid cases lo­cally

COVID IN­CI­DENCE RATE IN BRAY EAST AMONG THE HIGH­EST OUT­SIDE DUBLIN

- Dublin · County Wicklow · John Brady · Waterford · Bray

THE lat­est 14-day data re­gard­ing the in­ci­dence rate of Covid-19 has shown that urban Bray has one of the high­est rates in the coun­try out­side of Dublin.

The data from the Govern­ment’s Covid-19 Data Hub shows that, with 18 cases in the 14-day pe­riod, Bray East LEA has an in­ci­dence rate of 105.1 – al­most dou­ble the na­tional rate of 52.8. In Bray West LEA, where 16 cases were recorded, the rate is 86.9, while Grey­stones LEA, with 18 cases, has a rate of 68.4.

On Mon­day, the Govern­ment in­di­cated con­cern over the growth in cases in a num­ber of coun­ties, in­clud­ing Co Wicklow.

Deputy John Brady has said the county is now ‘at a cross­roads’ in tack­ling Covid-19 and is urg­ing peo­ple to con­tinue to ad­here to public health guide­lines. ‘ Th­ese fig­ures are con­cern­ing and I’m ask­ing peo­ple to con­tinue to ad­here to the public health guide­lines. This week, Dublin was moved to Level 3 of the govern­ment’s re­stric­tions – we must do every­thing we can to help re­duce the num­bers so we don’t go in the same di­rec­tion,’ he said.

THE LAT­EST 14-day data re­gard­ing the in­ci­dence rate of Covid-19 has shown that urban Bray has one of the high­est rates in the coun­try out­side of Dublin.

The fig­ures, re­leased through the Govern­ment’s Covid-19 Data Hub, cover the pe­riod of Septem­ber 1 to 14 and give a break­down of the num­ber of cases per Lo­cal Elec­toral Area (LEA) as well as the LEA rate per 100k of pop­u­la­tion.

The data shows that, with 18 cases in the 14-day pe­riod, Bray East LEA has an in­ci­dence rate of 105.1 – al­most dou­ble the na­tional rate of 52.8.

In Bray West LEA, where 16 cases were recorded, the rate is 86.9, while Grey­stones LEA, with 18 cases, has a rate of 68.4.

Else­where in the county, Balt­in­glass LEA, with six cases, has an in­ci­dence rate of 22.5, while both Ark­low LEA and Wicklow LEA have no rate recorded as their num­ber of new cases is less than five.

The Govern­ment has high­lighted the surge in cases in Co Wicklow, men­tion­ing the Garden County along with Done­gal, Leitrim, Lim­er­ick, Louth, Kil­dare, Of­faly and Water­ford as ar­eas of con­cern on Mon­day.

Liz Cana­van, an As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Gen­eral in the Taoiseach’s Depart­ment, said on Mon­day that the sit­u­a­tion na­tion­ally is a ‘cause for con­cern’ but zoned in on th­ese eight coun­ties due to their ris­ing rates of coro­n­avirus.

She said that else­where there

are ‘con­cern­ing trends’ in all but six coun­ties in the coun­try.

Deputy John Brady has said that Co Wicklow is now ‘at a cross­roads’ in tack­ling Covid-19 and is urg­ing peo­ple to con­tinue to ad­here to public health

guide­lines in an at­tempt to sup­press the virus.

‘Huge sac­ri­fices have been made by so many peo­ple here in Wicklow and across the coun­try since the out­break of Covid-19. We are now at a cross­roads here in Wicklow, un­for­tu­nately the re­cent data re­leased shows that in­ci­dence rates in parts of North Wicklow are grow­ing,’ said Deputy Brady.

Fo­cussing on the in­ci­dence rates in north Wicklow, the Bray-based TD said: ‘ Th­ese fig­ures are con­cern­ing and I’m ask­ing peo­ple to con­tinue to ad­here to the public health guide­lines. This week, Dublin was moved to Level 3 of the govern­ment’s re­stric­tions – we must do every­thing we can to help re­duce the num­bers so we don’t go in the same di­rec­tion.’

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The lat­est data shows a high in­ci­dence rates in the Bray East LEA, Bray West LEA and Grey­stones LEA.
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Deputy John Brady.

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