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Athlone Covid-19 outbreak linked to Shannon gathering ‘probably’ Delta variant – HSE

A Covid-19 outbreak in Athlone has been identified as ‘probably’ the Delta variant.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) is appealing to anyone who was socialising by the Shannon river in Athlone on June 11th to get tested for Covid-19 immediately.

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Director of public health HSE midlands, Dr. Una Fallon, said there were 14 primary cases associated with the outbreak, but this has evolved into a community outbreak.

“People travel to locations together, people leave together and we do have information that there were some house parties on that on that evening,” Dr. Fallon said.

The HSE is urging anyone in the vicinity who may be displaying symptoms to register for a Covid-19 test online, or a walk-in test centre will be available at St. Aloysius School on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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Cabinet is due to meet to discuss the emergence of the Delta variant later today.

Dr. Tony Holohan has said there is a concerning rise of cases related to the Delta variant in Ireland, saying 20% of last weeks cases were linked to the variant first identified in India.

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