spread concerns Fears people waiting on Covid-19 test result will pass the virus on to others
THERE’S mounting concern that Covid-19 is being spread by more people who are out and about while waiting for a result of their virus test.
As the country enters another lockdown, a warning has been issued that the national social and economic sacrifice is in danger of being undermined by people ignoring public health advice and fuelling the hidden spread of the virus.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan warned: “If you have symptoms of Covid-19, if you are waiting for a test result or if you are a confirmed case, you must self-isolate for 10 days from when you first develop symptoms.
“Self-isolation means staying in your room, away from other members of your household.
“If you live in a house with a confirmed case, do not go to work or school. You must stay at home and restrict your movements for 14 days.”
He was speaking as the number of cases of the virus reported here since the start of the pandemic breached a milestone 50,000.
A further 1,031 newly diagnosed people with the virus were identified yesterday, bringing the total to 50,993.
No new deaths from the virus were reported.
The lengthy lockdown, which comes into effect this week, is a desperate attempt to drive down the spiralling spread of the virus after the failure of Level 3 to weaken its grip.
The hope is that by cutting off the chances of people meeting and mixing as a result of so many closures, is that the virus will be stopped in its tracks.
As of 2pm yesterday, there were 298 patients with the virus in hospital, up 20 over the previous 24 hours.
There were 34 patients in intensive care.
A key measure of the success of the lockdown in the coming weeks will be a stabilisation or reduction in the numbers of patients with Covid-19 who need to be admitted to a hospital ward.
Dublin has been overtaken by several other counties but its 14-day incidence is still very high at 232.3 per 100,000, despite now being in the fourth week of Level 3 restrictions.
Cavan continues to be the country’s worst-hit county, with a 14-day incidence of 824 per 100,000. The national incidence rate is 261.7 per 100,000.
Other counties with high rates of Covid-19 circulating include Meath, Monaghan, Donegal, Sligo, Clare, Westmeath, Cork, Galway, Wexford, Kildare, Longford, Kerry, Leitrim and Roscommon.