A Galway City Centre councillor says the high prevalence of Covid-19 in the area is very concerning.

The local electoral area had a 14-day incidence rate of over five times the national average at 1,292 per 100,000 people as of Monday.

It compares to the national average of 240, while Galway City East has the fifth highest rate of infection nationally at 579 cases per 100,000.

It has been reported that clusters of the virus stemmed from student accommodation and healthcare settings in the city.

Fine Gael Cllr. Eddie Hoare says incidents like this will extend the rolling lockdown even further.

However, he remains hopeful that the incidence rate across the area will reduce in the coming weeks.

Cllr Hoare added that Galway City Council depends on commercial rates revenue to run city, with around 70% of the total coming from the tourism and hospitality sector.

He told Midwest News that once businesses do eventually reopen safely, they need to remain open.