February 26, 2024

More and more Kilkenny residents ignoring travel restrictions: CSO

More and more people in Kilkenny are flaunting Covid-19 travel restrictions and moving further than 10km from their homes, according to new data.

The Staying Local Indicator (SLI), issued by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) shows just 58.5% of Kilkenny residents did not travel further than 10km at any point during the latest recorded week.

This was an increase from the 57% of local residents who did not travel more than 10km the previous week.

The CSO data is gathered in conjunction with Ireland’s mobile phone operators. The State statstics body says the phones are not tracked and stresses it does not have access to personal data or individuals’ movements.

Nationally, an estimated 65.7% of the population stayed local (within 10k of home) during the week ending 12 March 2021, up two percentage points on the previous week when there was 63.8% adherence.

Dublin continues to be the county with the highest percentage of the population staying local (80%), while neighbouring Carlow I now at the bottom of the list with just half the couny’s population not traveling more than 10km..

A CSO spokesperson said: “Propensity to stay within 10km of residence tends to differ by county, as movement is impacted by local circumstances and conditions, such as access to services and levels of urbanisation.

“For example, Dublin, with a high level of urbanisation, consistently shows the highest percentage of persons staying local, while Carlow and Mayo with low levels of urbanisation, have the lowest percentage of persons staying within 10km of home.”

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