New data shows that the Belmullet area in Co Mayo continues to have the highest rate of Covid-19 in the country.

In the fortnight to last Monday, 760 cases were confirmed among the 12,600 people living in the local electoral area (LEA), which takes in Belmullet, Achill and a chunk of west Mayo.

The town of Belmullet has a population of around 1,000 people, with around 2,500 living on Achill.

The rate of infection now stands at 6,031.7 per 100,000 people.

That means just over 6% of the population - or 1 in every 17 residents - have contracted the virus in recent weeks.

There's been a surge in the number of cases reported in the area since Christmas.

In the fortnight to 4 January, 266 cases were confirmed.

Last weekend, there were calls for a curfew to try and limit the spread of infection.

Local GP Dr Keith Swanick said a transient curfew would further limit social interaction and, if imposed, could help drive down case numbers.