Tuesday, November 09, 2021

Covid-19 cases in Mayo and Galway have doubled over the last week and we are now at a critical point according to Dr. Breda Smyth, Director of Public Health at the HSE West.

Dr. Smyth says that 80 new cases of the disease are now being confirmed every day in Mayo, and an average of 176 cases per day in Galway.

While the rise in cases is impacting on all age groups, there’s been a significant increase over the mid-term break in young people aged 19-24.

Speaking to Midwest Radio, Dr. Smyth is urging people who have symptoms to stay at home and get tested.

“We really are at a very critical point and as we start seeing these hospitalisations there really is a 10-day lag, so we can only expect that to increase with the increase in numbers (Covid-19 cases) which is not where we want to be. What is really important is – if people have symptoms that you stay at home and get a test if you have symptoms you’re at a greater risk of transmitting it.

“You need to mind yourself so that you don’t get badly sick and it’s really important that you try and prevent transmission to other people,” Dr. Breda Smyth told Midwest Radio.

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