What’s happening within the counties?

Update: Latest version available here. The Irish government have been reporting COVID-19 case numbers per county since March, but if we wanted to see what’s happening within a county then information has been limited. A new map is now being published weekly, showing the breakdown at a much lower...

Illustrating the Positive Rate

Five months ago we were experiencing the peak of COVID-19 in Ireland. Back then testing was limited and no one was sure exactly how many cases there were. Since then things have thankfully improved and testing rates are much higher. But what does this relationship between the amount of...

Why are COVID-19 deaths not rising at the same rate as cases?

An interesting chart here – looking at the relationship between confirmed cases and deaths (different scales). As cases have risen over the last few weeks, deaths have not risen at the same rate – why? Here’s a few reasons why things appear to be different this time around. What...

6 Months of COVID in Ireland

On the 27th of February 2020 the first case of COVID-19 in Northern Ireland was reported. Two days later, on the 29th, the first case in the Republic was reported in the “eastern part of the country”. I’ve been tracking the cases over these 6 months – and this...

Going in the wrong direction

I’ve been updating the map below for a couple of months now. The idea was that it would be mostly green – but the few counties that did had COVID-19 cases would be highlighted in a deep red colour. But – things have changed, and now the map is...

A Green(ish) List

It’s summer time – and there’s huge pressure on governments to decide on travel rules following COVID-19. Many countries are advising against travel, but still permitting it. The catch is you’ll need to quarantine for 2 weeks, unless the country you’re arriving from is on a ‘Green’ list. Generally...

COVID-19: As numbers reduce – what now?

A little history first I’ve been illustrating the impact of COVID-19 for about 4 months now – and the situation has changed quite a bit. At the start of the outbreak I was measuring cases – and these were growing exponentially. Not long after, rapidly growing death numbers followed...

Irish Government Stripes

I recently saw the #showyourstipes campaign (highlighting climate change) – and I thought these charts looked great. I like the simplicity and the way it uses just one dimension to tell the story (well, two if you count colour). Today Micheál Martin becomes the 15th Taoiseach, so I thought...

Half-way back to ‘Normal’

It certainly feels to me like things are pretty much back to normal following the lockdown – but is that the reality? The truth is we’re only about halfway. With many businesses still closed, people working from home, and schools being closed things still have a long way to...

Lockdown: Are traffic levels getting back to normal?

A really useful measure of how much things have returned to ‘normal’ is the amount of traffic on the roads. From mid-march to early-May the streets seemed virtually empty, but as time goes on it’s clear that things are changing. Apple are publishing data that allows us to track...