Ireland's incidence of Covid-19 cases rate is now higher than both the UK and Italy
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Ireland's incidence of Covid-19 cases rate is now higher than both the UK and Italy

IRELAND'S incidence of Covid-19 cases rate has now surpassed that of the UK and Italy.

This is the measurement of how many coronavirus cases are identified over a 14-day period per 100,000 people.

Ireland's rate now stands at 34.7 cases per 100,000, a slight increase on Sunday's rate of 33.2.

Worryingly, that rate is now higher than both the UK (32.3) and Italy (30.3) - two of Europe's worst-hit nations.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is set to meet this Thursday to discuss the rise in case numbers in Dublin and in the healthcare sector.

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NPHET is also predicted to reduce the quarantine period from 14 days to ten days as a result of new research and evidence on Covid-19.

Despite Ireland's alarming incidence rate, its 14-day cumulative death rate per 100,000 stands at zero - joint-lowest throughout Europe, and level with the likes of Norway, Iceland, Finland, Austria, Luxembourg, Cyprus and Liechtenstein.

Ireland has failed to record a single death from Covid-19 since mid-August, with the death toll still standing at 1,777.