The Irish Times irishtimes.com 25 Sep, 2020 12:00 am

Covid-19 cases higher in areas with large proportion of renters, CSO says

Covid-19 cases higher in areas with large proportion of renters, CSO says
A total of 1,503 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed last week

Some 56 per cent of all cases of coronavirus have been recorded in these areas, with this rising to 59 per cent for cases confirmed in August and September.The CSO found those living in electoral divisions where the median household income is €30,000 or less accounted for 4 per cent of all cases since the pandemic began, but in the last two months this group has accounted for 7 per cent of cases.Cases among those living in areas where the median household income is between €40,000 and €50,000 have increased over this period accounting for 31 per cent of cases in the last two months compared to 26 per cent of all cases since the start of the pandemic.The data also shows that there has been an increase in the proportions of cases in areas of higher working age welfare dependency in the last two months, having accounted for 19 per cent of cases at the end of July, these areas have accounted for 27 per cent of cases in the last seven weeks.

Outbreaks in private houses account for 55 per cent of cases linked to an outbreak in the last seven weeks, while the workplace accounts for 17 per cent of cases linked to an outbreak over this period.Nursing homes accounted for 4 per cent of all confirmed cases related to an outbreak in the last seven weeks, a decrease from 44 per cent of cases at the end of July.

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