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Surge in COVID-19 cases in Limerick puts pressure on Ireland; Health Minister, CMO to meet Limerick officials today

LIMERICK: Concerns are mounting over the recent surge in coronavirus infections in Limerick, which comes as COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted in the country and public life is returning to normal. As the case numbers in Limerick have risen uncontrollable, the number of COVID-19 patients in the country has also risen dramatically.

The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan will meet with Limerick health officials and politicians today to discuss the situation.

The meeting will discuss what steps should be taken to prevent the spread of the infection. A spokesperson for Stephen Donnelly said that the minister was “deeply concerned” about the sharp rise in corona virus cases.

When there was a rise in case numbers a few weeks ago, Minister Donnelly held a similar meeting with TDs, senators, and local authority executives, and special measures were suggested to address the situation. However, there has been no significant reduction in the incidence of the disease, which now stands at 411 per lakh.

In the past two weeks, more than 800 cases have been reported in Limerick. Dr. Tony Holohan pointed out that most of them were the result of indoor gatherings. “It is extremely important that everyone in the Limerick region continues to adhere to the public health advice,” he said.

“Please avoid crowds, wear a mask where appropriate, wash your hands, maintain your social distance, socialise outdoors and, most importantly, if you display any symptoms of COVID-19 or suspect you are a close contact of a confirmed case then attend a test centre for a free test,” Dr. Holohan advised.

Meanwhile, 465 new cases of corona virus were reported in the country yesterday. Of these, 30 were in the ICU and 84 were hospitalised.

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