Three of Clare’s electoral areas now have incidence rates of COVID-19 that are more than double the national average.
Kilrush, Shannon and Ennis have all again had significant growth of the virus in the last seven days.
Ennis’ rate is now the second highest in Munster, with localised data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre showing the town and surrounding area has had 131 confirmed cases of COVID-19 between the 29th of September and this past Monday, the 12th of October.
Its rate per 100,000 population now stands at 423.8 – a 45% increase on this time last week.
The Kilrush area stands just behind, with 86 cases diagnosed in the same period, and an incidence rate of 409.6.
A further 111 cases have been confirmed in the Shannon area, whose rate is now at 365.2.
All three rates are more than double the average nationwide, which is now at 177.2 – a jump of more than 50% in just seven days.
These rates are higher than many areas of the border counties of Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal, which as of today are now under level four restrictions.
It remains in stark contrast to the Ennistymon and Killaloe areas, which saw 33 cases between them in the previous fortnight – that, however, is a threefold jump on last week’s figure also.
Health officials will now be monitoring whether the ban on household visits can curb the rapid spread of the virus in this county.