PEOPLE in Cork have been asked to limit the number of people they come into contact as the city and county works to combat the worrying growth in Covid-19 numbers.
It comes as a sharp and "worrying" increase in the number of Covid-19 cases detected in Cork has caused concern.
However, the public are being reminded that by taking action and adhering to public health guidelines, they can still bring the number of cases back under control.
“I ask the people of Cork city to step up their vigilance on Covid-19 precautions, to put an extra push on limiting their social contacts, observing hand and respiratory hygiene, and wearing their face coverings.
"Not only is this how we can stop the spread of the virus, it’s also a huge demonstration respect for yourself and for those you love,” said Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Joe Kavanagh.
“We can defeat this virus together if we pull together - Cork city’s community spirit kept us all going during the difficult months earlier this year and I have no doubt we can get through this surge in numbers keeping the health and safety of our loved ones and our communities in mind,” he said.
In a video message to the people of Cork, Dr Anne Sheahan, the acting director of Public Health HSE South outlined the “worrying” increase in numbers and asked everyone to limit their contacts in a bid to control the increasing numbers.
“The people of Cork have done great work over the last few months, and it’s that work which is giving us a small window of opportunity to turn things around,” she said.
The HSE, Cork City Council, Cork County Council and An Garda Síochána are working together to co-ordinate the community response to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, and urging the public to support them in reversing the surge.
"In supporting the COVID-19 public health guidelines, we need everyone to double down on the tremendous efforts they have made here in Cork. We need everyone to limit the contact they have with each other, said Chief Superintendent for the Cork City Garda Division, Barry McPolin.
“It is vital that you continue to play your part by limiting contact with others - this will save lives," he added.