More than 10,000 people per million people in the Republic of Ireland have tested positive in the last week.
The Republic of Ireland has had 10,100 confirmed cases per million people in the last seven days, according to information compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the World Health Organization, and others, and published by Bloomberg on January 11.
Our World in Data, based at the University of Oxford, also reports that the Republic of Ireland has the highest seven-day rolling average of daily new confirmed cases per million people in the world as of January 11.
Later in the day on Monday, the Republic of Ireland’s Department of Health reported that the 14-day (ending at midnight on January 10) incidence rate per 100,000 population is 1378.7. The country's lowest national 14-day incidence rate was on July 3, 2020, when the rate was 2.98 cases per 100,000 population.
According to Reuters, the 10-fold increase in the 14-day infection rate over the past three weeks in the Republic of Ireland is attributed to the new variant as well as the relaxation of restrictions ahead of Christmas.
According to The Irish Independent on Monday, the latest sample of 92 positive tests examined by the National Virus Reference Lab shows that 45 percent of positive cases are of the UK variant, showing the strain’s ever-growing presence in Ireland.
Epidemiologist and health economist Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding highlighted the drastic increase in the country on Twitter on Monday:
BREAKING—Ireland 🇮🇪 says the B117 #SARSCoV2 variant now accounts for 45% of all 92 samples sequences. Up from 25% last week, and up from 9% 2 weeks before that. Ireland also loosens restrictions & cases up 10x from last month & seeing surge surpassing even England 🏴. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/INTF1yewhm— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) January 11, 2021
Earlier, on January 8, Mike Bird, a reporter with the Wall Street Journal, said Ireland's surge was "like basically nothing anywhere else in Europe during the second wave:"
The Irish Covid case surge is like basically nothing anywhere else in Europe during the second wave. Hungary posted similar growth in early September, but because it was going from almost no daily cases to around 30 per million. Ireland logging >1,200 per million pic.twitter.com/LETQJa2HWj— Mike Bird (@Birdyword) January 9, 2021
On January 10, Newstalk reporter Ben Finnegan highlighted the Republic of Ireland's downturn by comparing these statistics;
On October 30th, Ireland had reported a total of 61,059 cases.
In the past two weeks alone, Ireland reported 61,484 cases.— Ben Finnegan (@_BenFinnegan) January 10, 2021
As of January 11, there have been 152,539 confirmed cases and 2,352 COVID-19 related deaths reported in the Republic of Ireland.