Steps need to be taken to shield Erris from a potential second wave of Covid-19 cases, says a local TD.
New figures have shown that Belmullet saw more confirmed coronavirus cases than anywhere else in the county with 59. A further 16 cases were recorded on the Mullet peninsula.
A new website launched by the Department of Health gives specific information on Covid-19 cases around Mayo, dividing the county by electoral area.
Sinn Féin TD Rose Conway-Walsh said she wasn’t startled by the ominous statistics.
“I wasn’t surprised by the figures. I think people were aware that there were high rates in the area and we all certainly know families who have been impacted by the coronavirus,” said Deputy Conway-Walsh.
She said those living in the area are anxious and want answers as to why the virus hit Belmullet so hard.
“Are people concerned about it? Yes, they are. Do they want an explanation for it? Yes, they do. Do we need to make that it doesn’t happen again if there is a second spike? Yes, we do,” said Ms Conway-Walsh.
“We need to figure out what needs to be put in place to make sure Belmullet and Erris citizens are safer next time around. We need to see what the drivers were and we also need to urgently upgrade Belmullet Hospital,” she added.
The number of cases in Belmullet was twice as high as Ballina which saw 26 cases and surpassed Castlebar which had the next highest number at 53.