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'Midlands Lockdown' a possibility following surge in Covid-19 cases

By Sarah Finnan

August 7, 2020 at 11:40am

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Counties Kildare, Laois and Offaly have noted a surge in cases in recent days leading experts to say that a "midlands lockdown" could be a possibility if the trend continues.

The Government has issued special health advice for those living in midland areas such as Kildare, Laois and Offaly following a surge in the number of Covid-19 cases being reported there. According to reports, public health officials are not ruling out the possibility of a "midlands lockdown" if the trend continues.

Warning that tighter restrictions could come into play, the National Public Health Emergency Team has advised people to "double down" on their efforts and be extra vigilant. Authorities are expected to provide further guidance on the matter at some point throughout the day.

Accounting for over 200 new cases in the past 14 days, counties Kildare, Laois and Offaly are amongst the worst hit in recent weeks.

A statement released by the Government yesterday evening reads:

"Over the past 14 days, 226 cases of COVID-19 have arisen in Kildare, Laois and Offaly. These represent 48 per cent, or nearly half of all cases detected in Ireland during that time. More cases have arisen today and will be reflected in tomorrow’s data.

NPHET will continue to review this situation very closely and will provide more specific guidance tomorrow (Friday)."

Advising everyone in Kildare, Laois and Offaly to pay particular heed to any new symptoms, people are also reminded of the importance of following proper handwashing techniques, wearing a face-covering where necessary and maintaining adequate social distance.

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