atest press release from Minister Stephen Donnelly, issued on Friday, July 23rd 2021…
The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has urged for caution amongst the public as Covid cases in some parts of the county have surged by more than 600 per cent in just one week.
Over the past month, the five day average for cases nationally has jumped from 300 to 1,182- an almost four-fold increase.
And the nationwide surge of the Delta variant has been mirrored across Wicklow.
The highest increase between July 12th and 19th was seen in Bray East where cases rose from just 5 to 38 – a massive rise of 659 per cent.Greystones also saw a huge jump in cases over the same period from 16 to 66 which equates to a 312 per cent rise.
Cases in Bray West are also on the up from 14 to 43 while Wicklow Town saw its case numbers rise from just 13 to 40. In the west of the county, Baltinglass saw its number of cases rise from 37 to 57.
The only place where there was a fall in cases was in Arklow but the numbers in the town are high. It recorded 52 cases compared to 54 cases the week before.
The data also shows the ages with the highest incident rates are amongst young people aged between 16 and 24 years old.
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly warned the public need to do everything within their power to limit the spread of COVID. “What we are seeing happening in Wicklow is being reflected across the country. The Delta variant is much more transmissible than anything we have seen so far in this pandemic.
“We are now seeing over 1,000 new cases being reported per day and it is only likely to grow. We are seeing particularly high infection rates in those aged 16 to 24, as well as rapid growth in the number of infections among those aged 24 to 29.
“There are real fears we could see over 200 people in ICU in just a few months’ time. The good news is the vaccine programme, which is going from strength to strength with over five million doses administered.
“Three in five adults are now fully vaccinated while three in four adults have had at least one dose. But it is still as important as any time since the start of this pandemic to continue to follow the public health advice. Please avoid crowds, prioritise who you meet, meet outdoors where possible but if it’s indoors make sure it’s a ventilated room.
“And of course, continue to wear a mask and wash your hands when needed.
“We are making fantastic progress but we still need to do everything we can to keep each other safe.”
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