The 25 worst Covid-19 areas right now

Ireland is currently in the grips of a devastating third wave of coronavirus infections.

And cases continue to stay high in many areas of the country, although there has been significant progress from the peak last month.

One of the key measures used by public health officials to determine the severity of an outbreak in an area is the 14-day incidence rate of confirmed cases per 100,000 population. And the Local Electoral Area with the highest rate of infections is now Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart on Dublin's northside at 756.2.

This is followed by Enniscorthy in Co Wexford at 755.9, and Monaghan with 753.5.

In total there are eight Dublin regions in the top 25, as the capital continues to be hit hard by the pandemic.

Here is the full list of the top 25 worst areas in Ireland right now:

Name of Local Electoral Area - Latest 14-day confirmed cases incidence rate per 100k

1. Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart - 756.2 2. Enniscorthy - 755.9 3. Monaghan - 753.5 4. Ballymun-Finglas - 736.2 5. Castlebar - 700.2 6. Carrickmacross-Caslteblaney - 685.8 7. Palmerstown-Fonthill - 596.8 8.