Mayo recorded the highest number of deaths from Covid-19 per head of population, writes Keith Bourke.
New figures from Central Statistics Office (CSO) reveal that between March 2020 and April 27 this year, Mayo had 6,398 cases of Covid-19 and 180 people died from the virus. The county has a population of 130,707, which means it has a Covid-19 fatality rate of 138.01 per 100,000.
By contrast, Sligo recorded just 23 deaths compared to Mayo’s 180 despite having a population of 65,500. The fatality rate in Sligo was 35.19 per 100,000, which was the third-lowest in the country.
Some 10,314 cases of the virus have been recorded in Galway city and county over the period, which was almost 4,000 more than Mayo. However, Galway recorded 121 deaths, 59 leas than Mayo. In fact, Galway recorded the fourth-lowest Covid-19 death rate across the country at 46.8.
Leitrim’s fatality rate was 43.7 while Roscommon’s was considerably higher at 79.
The counties of Louth, Cavan and Monaghan recorded the next highest death rates per head of population after Mayo.
By April 27, Louth registered 177 deaths and 9,101 cases, giving it a fatality rate of 137.88. Cavan recorded 101 deaths, giving it a death rate of 132.73, while Monaghan had a death rate of 124.04 after 76 people lost their lives.
The spread of the virus in Mayo has thankfully stalled compared to the peak at the beginning of the year. The Westport and Belmullet Electoral areas have had amongst the lowest rates of the virus in the country in recent weeks. However, a temporary walk-in testing centre was set up in Ballina last week in a bid to combat an outbreak in the area.