DUBLIN, Ireland: New statistics show Ireland having the seventh highest rate of daily Covid-19 cases in the world, with only six small states having more.
In tracking new confirmed cases per million people, Our World In Data reports that Ireland has reached 4,020 new cases per day, which is far greater than the European Union average of 1,520.
While Italy and France have seen more than 200,000 new daily cases, their large populations translate to a rate of new Covid cases per million people below Ireland at 3,060 and 2,350, respectively.
In South Africa, which reported the first Omicron variant cases, there are now only 138 daily confirmed cases per million people.
The only countries with greater rates of new Covid cases are Aruba, the Isle of Man, Cyprus, Curacao, Andorra and San Marino.
Aruba, the Caribbean island with just over 100,000 people, has the highest rate of new Covid infections in the world at 7,380 cases per million people.
The British Isle of Man comes in second place with 7,310 cases per million people.
Meanwhile, the United Kingdom and the United States are recording lower daily rates than Ireland's, with 2,660 and 1,810 daily cases per million people, respectively.
Of note, as of January 8, there were 936 patients hospitalized with Covid in Ireland, and 84 being cared for in intensive care. This is a drop of six ICU patients since three days earlier, allowing officials to be cautiously optimistic.