Analysts at Ernst and Young highlighted the COVID-19 outbreak in Listowel in the report they compiled for the Government on the success, or otherwise, of Ireland’s virus containment measures.
E&Y selected eight counties for detailed analysis, with Kerry one of those picked for special attention.
The outbreak in Listowel during wave two was highlighted by the analysis, which pointed to its proximity to west Limerick as a factor in the outbreak. While, the analysts said, Kerry’s overall 14-day disease incidence rate per 100,000 was in line with the national average, the Listowel Electoral Area had seen a “sharp increase” in its rate from early October.
“North Kerry (Listowel) is most severely affected. This coincides with increased rates in southern parts of Limerick such as Newcastle-West and Adare-Rathkeale, as well as Limerick City,” the report states. “Killarney and Tralee LEAs are both next in terms of severity of impact, containing two major Kerry towns. The remainder of the county (further south, smaller towns) is generally less affected.”
The report noted Listowel’s low population would have impacted on its incidence rate.
“Listowel’s incidence levels were three times higher than the next worst afflicted LEA (in Kerry). Note the small population of under 29,000 people meant 182 cases over a two week period prior to October 26 created a very high incidence rate”.