HSE issue concerns following some Covid-19 cases having up to 50 close contacts

The HSE has expressed concern at the increase in the number of close contacts of confirmed Covid-19 cases in recent weeks.

CEO Paul Reid said this increase was “largely what was behind a lot of the recommendations from NPHET this week”.

He said contact tracing staff are seeing some positive Covid-19 cases with “well over 40 or even up to 50 contacts per person” to trace.

The median number of close contacts of a confirmed case is now 6.