A UCC Professor in Public Health has called for Ireland to be moved to Level 5 as he fears we are heading towards “the worst of both worlds”.
Following restrictions on household visits and the implementation of Level 4 to Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal, Professor Ivan Perry questioned whether it is enough to curtail the rising cases in Ireland.
A sub-cabinet meeting is due to take place tomorrow, between the Taoiseach, Tánaiste, and Ministers for Health, Transport, Public Expenditure, and Finance to discuss Nphet's recommendation that the entire country move to Level 5 restrictions for six weeks.
“Like the rest of the country, I’d be concerned with how the trend has been going for the last month or more,” he said.
Professor Perry stated that Ireland needs to bring daily Covid-19 cases back down to single figures.
“My view is that we should try and aim for Level 5 and do it with the North of Ireland with an all-Ireland approach and so, Level 5 for however long it takes so that we can get to single figures again,” he said.
“In public health, we know that the economy is very important for people’s health and wellbeing but there’s a danger that we end up with the worst of both worlds - so we're not getting on top of the virus and we continue with this level of economic stagnation.”
“Cork is one of the areas where the numbers are a cause of concern and when you look at the data on the number of tests that are positive, that’s right as well.
“You’d have to be concerned about Cork,” he said.
Meanwhile, a tutor at CIT has expressed fears for rising Covid-19 cases among his students.
Speaking to, the tutor explained that “numerous” students have come to him to say that they are currently isolating as a result of either showing symptoms of Covid-19 or following identification as a close contact.
The tutor said that the cases are “an indicator of Cork’s overall picture” and mirrored some of Professor Perry’s thoughts on the need for tighter restrictions.
“There just isn’t enough enforcement on regulations taking place.
“The majority of students I have interacted with are nervous but simply powerless in the scheme of things. They have compulsory lab sessions, they have rent to pay and jobs to work and lately, they have shouldered an unfair proportion of the blame for the current situation,” he said.