Waterford at 'critical juncture' as Covid cases rise

The city and county has seen an incidence rate of 55 cases per 100,000, and more than 100 new coronavirus cases in the last 14 days
Waterford at 'critical juncture' as Covid cases rise

Waterford has recorded more than 100 new cases in the last two weeks. File picture: Brian Lawless

Waterford is at "a critical juncture" for how it handles the Covid-19 pandemic, as cases continue to mount in the county.

The city and county has seen an incidence rate of 55 cases per 100,000, and more than 100 new cases in the last 14 days.

It is one of several counties potentially facing increased restrictions in the coming weeks as the virus surges in different parts of the country.

Mayor of Waterford City and County, Councillor Damien Geoghegan said it was worth noting the county did not have a problem with all the domestic tourists that visited during the summer.

And he said that while restaurants have been open across the county for a while now, there also did not appear to be a problem with them.

He issued a joint statement with Chief Executive of Waterford Council, Mr Michael Walsh, Chief Superintendent of An Garda Síochána, Padraig Dunne and Chief Officer of South East Community Healthcare, Ms Kate Killeen White on the issue.

In it, they urged people to remember to adhere to the basics of social distancing and hygiene.

“We are now at a critical juncture for this disease,” the statement read.

“We have a window of opportunity to bring this disease under control and to keep Waterford at Level 2 restrictions.

“To do so, we all need to act now.”

Waterford City and County Council councillor Lola O’Sullivan said there is a real concern about the cases locally.

Ms O’Sullivan said:

The worrying thing is that this is a time for confirmations and holy communions and I hope that children don’t lose these now as well as everything else they have had to deal with since March.

Fellow councillor Seanie Power said: “We’ve had a pretty good spring and summer in terms of numbers not being as high as so many other places.

“So the latest scare has only really kicked off in the past week or so.

“There are huge concerns everywhere and it is very frightening.

“And I’d say the big fear now is that things could well get worse with pubs opening up.”

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