Another eight deaths from Covid -19

A further eight people with Covid-19 have died in Ireland and 330 more cases of the virus were confirmed by health officials this evening.

25 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Meath, but the incidence rate in the county is falling with three of the county's six electoral areas now below the national average of 121 per 100,000.

Navan had 35 new cases in the two weeks up to last Monday 16th November and an incidence rate of 77.3, the lowest in the county.

Ratoath, where the incidence rate had been three and four times higher than the national average fr some time is now well below the national average at 105 cases per 100,000. There had been 35 new cases in the two weeks period.

There were 33 new cases in Trim in the same period where the incidence rate was 105.5.

In Kells the incidence rate was 135.8 with 44 new cases and in Ashbourne there had been 45 new cases and the incidence rate was 154.7.

The Laytown Bettystown area, which had a consistently low incidence rate over the past month, has now the highest rate in County Meath. There has been 63 new cases and an incidence rate of 184.6

Today's eight deaths brings the total number of people who have died to 2,018 and the total number of confirmed cases to 69,802.

Of the cases notified today:

171 are men, and 155 are women

64per cent are under 45 years of age

The median age is 37 years old

There were 99 cases in Dublin, 28 in Cork, 26 in Louth, 25 in Meath, 21 in Donegal and the remaining 131 cases are spread across 20 other counties.

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