Some areas are struggling to bring down their coronavirus rates, with an Offaly town towering above the national average.
Tullamore in Co Offaly now has the worst rate of Covid-19 in Ireland with a 14-day incidence of just below 500.
Latest figures show that the 14-day incidence rate for Covid-19 cases per 100,000 of the population is 150.8 – but the Offaly town dwarfs that.
Leitrim, Kerry and Cork, are among the best counties, with their incidence rates far below the average, at less than 50 per 100,000.
It comes after Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn insisted on Thursday that the country will continue to take a cautious approach to reopening the country.
With progress against the virus stalling, experts have suggested any changes on April 5 will be minimal.
Here are the worst affected local electorate areas as of Thursday March 18.
Ireland’s worst-hit local areas
This county Offaly town has a staggering incidence rate of 483.6 per 100,000, the highest of any local electoral area in Ireland.
North Inner City Dublin
The area encompassing Drumcondra Road, Dorset Street, Bolton Street and Arran Street on the north side of Dublin is next on the list with a rate of 443.3 per 100k.
Just below that of the North Inner City, this area had an incidence rate of 442.5.
The fifth-largest town in Ireland, Navan in Co Meath has a rate of 429.4 for confirmed cases of Covid-19.
Despite Donegal having an incidence rate just above the national average at 164.6, the town of Buncrana far exceeds that at 371.1 per 100,000.
The north-side suburb in Dublin has an incidence rate of 358.1
The area around the Helix mass vaccination centre has an incidence rate 353.8.
Dublin 15’s Ongar, situated beside Mulhuddart is the next entry on the list with 337.7 per 100,000.
This southern Co Longford town is doing better than it’s county town counterpart, but still is one of the highest incidence rates in the country with 332.1
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