7 January 2022 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

Covid has continued to spread in Co. Monaghan over Christmas and the New Year holiday period and as the schools are about to open again after the holidays. Latest available figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre issued in Christmas Eve are for the fourteen day period up until midnight on 23rd December. They show that Monaghan has gone up to ninth in the table of 26 counties with 805 new cases (+150) and an incidence rate of 1311.4 compared to 1067 the previous week. The overall incidence rate of Covid-19 in Ireland is now 1483.4 for every 100,000 of population.

The HSE Department of Public Health North East said the number of cases reported up to midnight on Thursday 30th December was Meath 516; Cavan 208; Louth 196; and Monaghan 186. The rapid increase in Covid- 19 cases across the Republic (mainly owing to the spread of the Omicron variant) during the Christmas period led the Department of Public Health to advise people in counties Monaghan, Cavan, Louth and Meath to limit their contacts and not to socialise with large numbers of people over the New Year holiday period. In the last two weeks in December, one in every ten people in Meath and Louth tested positive for Covid-19.

The highest number of cases in the North East has been evident in people aged between 20 and 40 years of age. Public health officials say everyone in the community needs to help limit the spread of Covid-19 so that the most vulnerable people are protected and the hospital system can function properly. Doctors say that in addition to lowering your contacts, the best way to protect yourself, your friends and your family is to attend for vaccination. Covid- 19 booster vaccination clinics are now open to everyone…

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