Cork GP criticises lack of physical distancing and warns of “hellish winter” to come

Cork GP criticises lack of physical distancing and warns of “hellish winter” to come

A Cork GP has hit out at the lack of physical distancing at a Cork restaurant and warned of a "hellish winter" ahead.

Dr Mike Thompson took to Twitter to criticise the fact that 50 people were sitting in a small courtyard with no physical distancing.

His comments came after Ireland recorded 200 new Covid-19 cases in a single day on Saturday.

The east Cork GP said he was passing by the “local” and there were “easily” 50 people in the courtyard which he described as having the space of a sitting room.

Dr Thompson said there was no physical distancing and warned of a “hellish winter” if behaviour like this continues.

“I'm tired,” he said.

“All my GP, Nursing & hospital colleagues are tired.

“Usually by August we have recharged and reset - not this year,” he added.

“Hellish winter to come.” It was revealed on Saturday that 200 new cases of Covid-19 had been reported across Ireland, the highest daily total since May.

In a tweet, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he had discussed the "evolving situation" with Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly and Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn.

He said the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) “will continue to monitor the situation closely".

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