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Castlebar and Belmullet had highest Mayo Covid-19 numbers


Anton McNulty

New data on Covid-19 cases in Mayo show that the highest number of confirmed cases occurred in the Belmullet and Castlebar areas.
Last Wednesday, the Government’s Covid-19 Data Hub released national statistics, information and data on the number of confirmed cases including locations by Electoral Divisions.
The latest figures for Mayo show that there has been 572 confirmed cases in the county. One more case in Mayo was confirmed on Saturday, while the last confirmed case before that was on June 13.
The release of the data last week was the first time that cases relating to an individual electoral division have been made available to the public. The data showed that Belmullet Electoral Division had the highest number of cases (by electoral division) in Co Mayo, with 59 confirmed cases, which is the equivalent of 3 percent of the population contracting the coronavirus.
The neighbouring electoral divisions of An Geata Mór Thuaidh and An Geata Mór Theas,  located on the Mullet Peninsula, had nine and seven confirmed cases respectively. The figures confirmed local reports that the Belmullet area was one of the worst-affected areas for Covid-19 in Mayo, with an outbreak of the disease in the local Tí Aire Nursing Home in April resulting in the deaths of eight residents.
The Castlebar Urban Electoral Division, where Mayo University Hospital is located, was the next highest, with 53 confirmed cases, while the Castlebar Rural Electoral Area had another 32 confirmed cases.
Kilmeena spike
Surprisingly, the electoral division with the third-highest figure was Kilmeena, with 48 confirmed cases. The Kilmeena Electoral Division only has a population of 1,512 and the number of confirmed cases is equivalent to 3.17 percent of the local population.
There was also a large outbreak of Covid-19 in the Ballyhaunis Electoral Division, with 43 confirmed cases in the east Mayo town. An outbreak of coronavirus in the Brookvale Manor Nursing Home in Ballyhaunis resulted in the death of nine residents.
In Westport, there were 13 cases in the Westport Urban Electoral Division, with another six confirmed in Westport Rural.
In north Mayo, there were 26 confirmed cases in the Ballina Electoral Division while the Killala Electoral Division had 14 cases and Ardnaree South Rural had 12 cases.
In east Mayo, there were ten cases in Swinford Electoral Division and seven in Kilbeagh Electoral Division, while in south Mayo, there were eight confirmed cases in Claremorris and seven in Ballinrobe.
The other electoral divisions to have more than five cases were Turlough, with six, and Breaghwy, also with six. The other electoral divisions in the county recorded five or less cases.
The Covid-19 data hub showed that there was a rapid increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in April, with 488 cases in Mayo confirmed between April 1 and April 30. The highest daily increase occurred on April 24, when the number of cases increased by 40 in one day.
The number of cases in Mayo reached 500 on May 2, but the cases rate started to slow considerably by mid May, and in the last four weeks there has only been four confirmed cases in Mayo.