Ireland’s Covid-19 incidence rate is twice the EU average

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The incidence rate of Covid-19 in Ireland is more than twice as high as the European average, according to data from the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC).

he Irish Center for Health Surveillance Protection (HPSC) reported that the incidence rate per 100,000 population here now stands at 367.8.

This compares to an average of just 150.6 in the European Union and the European Economic Area.

Overall, Ireland now has the seventh highest incidence of the disease in the region.

Lithuania has the highest infection rate per 100,000 population with almost 800, followed by Estonia with 658, Romania with 631, Latvia with 580, Slovenia with 571, Croatia with 410 then Ireland with 367.

Poland has the lowest incidence rate in the EU with only 34, Spain’s rate is 63.1, Italy has a rate of 77, while Portugal‘s is slightly higher raised to 87.

Denmark – a country with a slightly larger population than Ireland and which has been compared to Ireland in terms of vaccine deployment – has an incidence rate of 94.

Meanwhile, the rates for France, Germany and the Netherlands are closer to the EU average at 106, 131 and 133 respectively.

In terms of deaths from the virus, Ireland’s rate is lower than the region’s average rate.

The average Covid-19 death rate in Europe per 100,000 population is 18 – the rate here is 14.

The country with the highest average death rate from the virus is Bulgaria at 145, followed by Romania at 107 and Lithuania at just under 100.

Liechtenstein and Iceland currently have a rate of zero in the category.

This comes from the fact that Malta had the highest Covid-19 vaccination rate in Europe as of October 10, having administered 163.17 doses per 100 people in the country according to the data platform Statista.com.

Iceland had administered 162.65 doses per 100.

The UK was the first country in Europe to approve the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine for widespread use and began inoculations on December 8, 2020 and, so far, has administered 138.3 per 100 doses.

According to the latest data, Portugal administered 157.77 doses per 100 inhabitants.

Visit our Covid-19 vaccine dashboard for updates on the vaccination program roll-out and the Ireland coronavirus case rate


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