October 22, 2020

COVID-19: 122 cases now confirmed in Waterford, warning as more people flout public health rules

There are now 122 cases of coronavirus in Waterford, according to latest statistics provided by the Department of Health.

Waterford is faring relatively well compared to other counties so far when it comes to the number of Covid-19 cases.

In neighbouring Kilkenny there has been 222 cases, and 137 more in Wexford. Carlow has the lowest number of cases in the South East at 87.

The breakdown of the latest confirmed cases comer as the country’s top doctor warned that the easing of lockdown measures in less than a fortnight’s time has been placed at risk as more and more people flout public health rules designed to limit their movements.

And Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan warned that if today was May 5, there would be no changes in the restrictions.

Dr Holohan revealed evidence showing increased traffic, and more people out and about, which he said could jeopardise plans to relax some of the emergency measures.

“We are seeing a bit of slippage in things like traffic, movement and walking,” Dr Holohan said.

He referred to reports from the Irish National Seismic Network show a rise in vehicle traffic in recent days and separate statistics that indicate people are moving about more since Easter weekend.

So far a total of 794 people across the country have died after contracting Covid-19.

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