Covid-19

'Worrying' rapid rise in Covid-19 clusters confirmed by official figures

Conor Ganly

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Conor Ganly

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The number of Covid-19 clusters has risen sharply in the past week, according to figures official figures published by the Department of Health.

A warning from Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, about a worrying rising trend in clusters is born out by figures up to and including June 27.

Between March 16 (when cluster figures began to be recorded) and June 1, a total of 872 clusters were recorded by Irish health authorities. However, since the start of June Covid-19 clusters have jumped by 557 or nearly two thirds to 1,429.

A dramatic increase has been recorded in the past ten days. More than 200 clusters were identified in two days between June 20 and 23. Another sharp rise was recorded between June 26 and 27 with 90 new clusters recorded.

To date, the highest-profile clusters have been detected in nursing homes and meat factories where hundreds were infected. Clusters in nursing homes have claimed the most lives.

However, there have also been clusters in hospitals, workplaces and family homes.

A confirmed cluster/outbreak involves contact with two or more cases of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection regardless of symptom status. This includes cases with symptoms and cases who are asymptomatic.

A confirmed cluster can also be contacted with two or more cases of illness with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection, and at least one person is a confirmed case of COVID-19.

A suspected cluster/outbreak involves with two or more cases of illness with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection.

The figures are prepared by the Ordnance Survey Ireland, the All-Island Research Observatory, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, the Health Service Executive, the Central Statistics Office and the Department of Health.

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  • a fever (high temperature - 38 degrees Celsius or above)
  • a cough - this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
  • shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • flu like symptoms
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