Ireland Has Lowest Incidence of Covid Cases Across Europe at Present

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The European Centre for Disease Control has reported that Ireland has the lowest current incidence of Covid-19 cases in western Europe.

The report warns some countries are reporting a resurgence of the disease or large localised outbreaks.

The overall risk of Covid-19 in countries with rising case numbers is currently moderate for the general population and very high for at-risk groups.

It says incidence of the disease fell by 12% in the second half of June, but most countries are still reporting community transmission while some suffer a resurgence or large localised outbreaks.

The ECDC says countries with rising cases are at a high risk of further increases if they do not have proper monitoring and testing systems, and if restrictions are eased when community transmission is ongoing.

In order to respond to these risks the ECDC recommends expanded testing, early detection and isolation of cases, and quarantine.

According to the report, the incidence of the disease in Ireland in the past 14 days is 2.9 cases per 100,000.

Many of the countries that Irish holidaymakers travel to in summer have much higher incidences than us

Spain has an incidence of 9.9, Portugal 47.4, Italy 5.2, France 10.3, the UK 22.7 and Turkey 22.9.

Sweden, which has recently ramped up its testing, has the highest 14-day incidence at 149.4 cases per 100,000 population.