A Cork GP has said that a jump to further Covid-19 restrictions would be “a good move” as cases continue to surge.
John Sheehan of Blackpool Bridge Surgery said that there is “a real need now to enforce more restrictions”.
“A move to Level 4 would be a good move by the Government.
"We can see that in the rising number of Covid-19 cases,” he said.
Dr Sheehan said that people should continue to be mindful of social distancing and that reinforcement of hand washing, sanitizing and mask wearing was also needed.
Of the cases notified today, a total of 156 were reported in Cork.
A 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population of 275.4 was also reported. A total of 1,495 new cases were recorded in Cork during the last 14 days from October 4 to October 17.
Dr Sheehan described the rise in Covid-19 cases and hospital admissions as worrying.
“Figures don't lie and we have to respond to that now,” he said.
“In my own practice, we’d have people ringing with symptoms before and we’d send them for Covid testing expecting that the test would come back negative whereas now that’s not the case as more people are testing positive.
“That’s the way it has gone,” he said.
Dr Sheehan said that he believes the decision to keep schools open moving forward into further restrictions is “the right decision to make because schools were closed for such a long time” and said that he feels for the businesses that have been affected by the restrictions to date.