THE acting Chief Medical Officer has called on the public to reduce their social contacts after a big cluster in Cork.
He said that figures are being watched on a “day on day” basis and that NPHET will introduce additional measures if needs be.
The health experts have also advised that no more than six people from one other household can visit a home at any one time.
Speaking with RTE News this evening, he said: “What we’re concerned about is that increasingly we’re seeing increases in cases and clusters in a whole range of different counties.
“It becomes harder and harder to turn that tide so tonight we’re really asking people over the coming days to once again pay heed the advice.
“I know people are tired of it but equally I know the vast majority of people are doing their best, are trying to listen to it and adhere to it.
“In particular, what we’re trying to do is cut down contacts, cut down the size of clusters, so that if there is cases, if there are clusters, that they’re smaller in size.
‘CUT DOWN’ CLUSTER SIZE
“We’ve one cluster for example tonight in Cork from a cafe/restaurant where a number of people from different households socialised.
“At the moment that cluster is at 57 cases.
“We have to cut down the size of these clusters, we have to cut down socialisation if we’re going to get on top of this disease.”
He told the national broadcaster that there is still time to “turn this around” and change the rise in Covid-19.
Dr Glynn said that NPHET will make additional recommendations to ensure we do not let Covid get out of control in Ireland.
‘WATCHING THIS DAY ON DAY’
Dr Glynn added: “So the picture, obviously, we’ve put measures in place for Donegal and Dublin in particular over the past couple of weeks and we’re monitoring the situation in all other counties, as well as Donegal and Dublin, very closely.
“That’s what led us to make this recommendation today but again, if people listen to the advice, if they cut down their contacts, cut down the level of socialisation there is still space, there is still time to turn this around.
“But, it can change quickly, we’ve seen internationally it can change in a number of days.
“So we are literally watching this day on day now, we can not let it get out control.
“If we have to make additional recommendations we will.”
This comes as four more people have died with Covid-19 in Ireland as the Department of Health also announced 442 new cases this evening.
170 of the cases are in Dublin, 47 in Cork, 28 in Donegal, 23 in Meath, 21 in Galway, 20 in Monaghan, 14 in Clare, 12 in Roscommon, 11 in Laois, 11 in Longford, 10 in Cavan, 10 in Limerick, 10 in Tipperary, 9 in Kildare, 8 in Wicklow, 5 in Louth and 5 in Wexford with the remaining 28 cases in 9 counties.
There has now been a total of 1,806 Covid-19 related deaths and 36,597 cases in Ireland.
A statement tonight reads: “The NPHET noted a further deterioration from last week.
“The 5 day average for cases is now 412 and 18 counties have an increased incidence rate when compared with last week.
“The reproduction number is estimated to be between 1.2 and 1.4, with the growth rate in cases between 4-5% per day. NPHET today noted a particular concern in relation to trends in indicators of disease severity.
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“Given the disease profile, NPHET today recommended that no more than 2 households should meet at any given time.
“People should only have a maximum of 6 visitors from 1 other household to their home.
“People can continue to meet socially in other settings, but only with people from one other household.”