Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Tony Holohan are to to meet Limerick politicians and health officials following a continuous spike in Covid-19 cases in the region.
Director of Public Health at the HSE Mid-West, Dr. Mai Mannix, provided an in-depth evaluation of the Covid-19 epidemiological situation in Limerick and surrounding areas.
Between the 16th and the 31st of May, there were 740 cases of Covid-19 identified in Limerick.
Dr. Tony Holohan further outlined that the incidence rate of Covid-19 in Limerick now stands at 411 cases per 100,000, which is significantly higher than the national average.
The CEO of the HSE, Paul Reid, has further cautioned the volatile situation in Limerick and warned the “multiplier effect” could lead to a rapid rise in cases.
Reid went on to say the cases in Limerick are arising in households, workplace settings and at social gatherings, which has created a very volatile situation.
The HSE chief continued to highlight that there is a significant percentage of the population who have not yet been inoculated against the virus and everyone needs to be mindful of that.
Dr. Tony Holohan said it is “extremely important that everyone in the Limerick region continues to adhere to the public health advice”.
The CMO said local lockdowns can be avoided, but the people of Limerick must be cautious and adhere to public health advice.
Holohan went on to say that although the situation in Limerick does not currently require more restrictive measures, he said NPHET would not rule-out giving any such advice if it is necessary.