Lockdowns are only option until rules are followed, warns Cork GP 

Lockdowns are only option until rules are followed, warns Cork GP 

Dr Nuala O'Connor who is the Covid-19 lead for the Irish College of General Practitioners said that the "the lack of understanding of the 'isolate' part of Test Trace Isolate" was frustrating. 

A Cork GP has appealed to people to ensure they restrict their movements or isolate if advised to do so, warning that "recurring lockdowns will be our only option until the guidance to isolate / restrict movements is uniformly followed". 

Dr Nuala O'Connor who is the Covid-19 lead for the Irish College of General Practitioners said that the "the lack of understanding of the 'isolate' part of Test Trace Isolate" was frustrating. 

"People with symptoms must stay home and isolate and their household restrict movements until test results back.

"Close contacts must stay home and restrict movements for full 14 days even if they test negative for Covid," she said in a post on social media. 

The concerns come as latest figures show that almost 1,900 cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the Cork in the past fortnight. 

Last night, the Department of Health confirmed that 1,025 new cases of Covid-19 had been diagnosed in Ireland as of midnight on Saturday. 

No new deaths have been reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) yesterday. 

Of the new cases, there were 255 in Dublin, 147 in Cork, 77 in Galway, 54 in Kildare, 53 in Donegal and the remaining 439 cases were spread across 21 counties.

In the past 14 days, there have been 1,887 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Cork.

So far, there have been 1,882 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.

According to the figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), 53 people in Cork with Covid-19 have died since the beginning of the pandemic (up to October 16th).

The median age of those who have died in Cork is 83.

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