A Cork GP has reported 12 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the past week, as cases increase across the county.
Dr John Sheehan said he has seen more Covid-19 cases in the past 10 days than over the past three or four months.
Dr Sheehan was speaking amid rising Covid-19 cases across Ireland, and reports that Cabinet is considering moving the country to Level 4 or 5 restrictions.
Speaking toon Monday, Dr Sheehan said things are certainly getting busier on the ground for GPs and others in the health service.
Speaking about his own practice, he said:
“We’ve had more Covid in the last week than we had for three months.
“We had no cases for three months and we had 10 last week, including five on Friday and another two this morning.
“We’ve had more positive cases in the last 10 days than we had in the last three or four months,” he added.
“That certainly focuses the mind.”
Dr Sheehan said the majority of these confirmed cases had taken precautions against contracting the virus.
“Most of these cases are people who did everything right,” he said.
“They might have been contacts or picked it up at work but the vast majority of these people were doing all the right things.
“So that just proves that it’s out there in the community and that there is community spread,” he added.
Dr Sheehan also raised concerns about the fact that some of the confirmed cases were asymptomatic.
“A number of them were also asymptomatic and that really illustrates the importance of all the precautions that are in place,” he said.
“These people didn’t even know they had Covid so that’s something everyone needs to be aware of.”