BREAKING: Serious concerns over 'rapid increase' in new cases of Covid-19 in Limerick

BREAKING: Serious concerns over 'rapid increase' in new cases of Covid-19 in Limerick

There has been a rapid increase in Covid cases since last weekend

SERIOUS concern is being expressed about what has been described as a 'rapid increase' in the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Limerick over the past ten days.

According to provisional data, released by the Department of Public Health Mid-West this Friday evening, there were 11 cases of the disease in Limerick last Sunday; 20 on Monday; 22 on Tuesday; 38 on Wednesday and 46 new cases on Thursday.

"Activities contributing to this increase in cases include house parties, indoor gatherings, social activities surrounding last week’s Eid celebrations, and significant onward transmission from weekend social events into workplaces," said a spokesperson.

"Though the cyber attack on HSE IT systems has caused significant disruption to Public Health, our team remains in a strong position to identify these behavioural trends and swiftly manage new outbreaks," he added.

Dr Mai Mannix, Director of Public Health Mid-West, said: “We have not seen this level of infection in the community since early March, which is a very worrying trend. If daily cases continue at this rate, coupled with the health service’s coping with the sinister cyber attack, we will find ourselves in a very troubling position.”

Public Health Mid West says its priority is to identify new cases, isolate them, and undertake contact tracing.

"The faster this happens, the faster we can control the spread of Covid-19. If you have symptoms or are concerned that you have been exposed to possible infection, please make attempts to arrange a PCR test at the Limerick Covid Test Centre," said the spokesperson.

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