GP: Covid-19 clusters will hit Cork once schools reopen

GP: Covid-19 clusters will hit Cork once schools reopen
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A Cork GP says people can expect to see Covid-19 clusters and outbreaks being identified in the city and county as the schools re-open in September.

Dr John Sheehan said Cork had done very well during the Covid-19 outbreak, but that as society re-opens, people can expect more cases to be identified.

“I guarantee you about three weeks into September, we’ll get a couple of outbreaks as kids go back. Every country that has done this, you get this,” he said.

Cllr and GP John Sheehan.Pic; Larry Cummins
Cllr and GP John Sheehan.Pic; Larry Cummins

The Cork GP said however he was confident that “we will be able to manage it.” 

Dr Sheehan highlighted recent comments made by the President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) and Cork infectious disease consultant, Professor Mary Horgan about the idea of so-called “micro-lockdowns” being introduced where there are clusters of Covid-19.

Speaking on Morning Ireland, Professor Horgan had said this is currently happening in other countries whereby there are lockdowns in local areas where there are clusters.

“That is probably what is going to happen because you couldn't really do a national lockdown again, but also if there are one or two outbreaks in very small areas to lockdown all of Cork wouldn't make sense either. I think that's probably going to be the approach coming into the winter,” Dr Sheehan said.

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