The Acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Ronan Glynn has urged those aged over 70 and those who are medically vulnerable to Covid-19, to limit the number of people they meet to a “very small core group” of people.
Dr Glynn made the appeal as it was revealed last night that ten more people with Covid-19 have died and 613 additional cases have been reported including 46 in Cork.
Eight of the 10 deaths reported yesterday occurred prior to September 2020.
The Acting CMO said the numbers being reported yesterday and over the past week represent a “significant escalation” in the profile of Covid-19 in Ireland.
“For those aged 70+ and those who are medically vulnerable to Covid-19, it is strongly recommended that you should limit the number of people you meet to a very small core group of family members, carers or friends, for short periods of time, while remaining physically distant.
“We need to work together once again to make a significant impact on the number of cases in the community, and ultimately to reduce the number of people getting sick, being admitted to hospital and critical care, while protecting non-Covid healthcare services. I urge people in every county to follow the public health advice to stop the further spread of Covid-19.”
Latest figures show that more than 500 Covid-19 cases were reported in Cork last month.