Taoiseach says Cork could still avoid further restrictions amid ‘worrying’ rise in Covid cases

Taoiseach says Cork could still avoid further restrictions amid ‘worrying’ rise in Covid cases

Taoiseach Micheal Martin was speaking at Workvivo offices in Cork today. Workvivo has announced plans to create 100 jobs with support from Enterprise Ireland. 

The Taoiseach, Micheál Martin has warned that Cork could face further restrictions as the number of cases of Covid-19 being reported here continues to rise, however, he said that there is still an opportunity to avoid going to Level Three restrictions.

Speaking in Cork today, the Taoiseach said that the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is concerned about the rise in cases in urban areas including Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford, particularly as universities and institutes of technology reopen in the coming weeks.

While NPHET has to date issued advice around restrictions on a county by county basis, the Taoiseach said it may advise on “particularly localised restrictions” in the future.

"Suffice to say right now they [NPHET] are very concerned. I was speaking to the Chief Medical Officer over the week and in places like Cork city, cases have been going up in a straight line in the past two weeks."

"That is a worry - between 20 and 30 cases a day. That is worrying. Likewise in other city areas."

The Taoiseach said however that there is an opportunity to “stabilise” the situation.

"We are flagging that and making it very clear to people that those are danger areas right now. However, Cork is coming from a low base. There is an opportunity to stabilise it. It is in our hands basically and that is the message really this week,” the Taoiseach said.

He added that while any decision around further restrictions will be a matter ultimately for NPHET as it advises the Government into the future, “our objective is to say to people living in these locations we can avoid having to go to Level Three. We can keep the numbers down. We can stabilise the numbers if we adhere to the guidance and all of us personally and collectively do things that will prevent the virus from growing."

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