The number of close associates of Kovid positive cases is rising again, the HSE warns

The number of close associates of Kovid positive cases is rising again, the HSE warns

The number of close contacts in a case that is a key indicator of Kovid-19 trends has begun to rise again, the health service executive said.

There were 3.8 contacts in each case diagnosed in the past week. Meanwhile, the HSE clinical officer said the test positivity rate had risen from 2.5 per cent to 2.9 per cent. Colm Henry said.

“It’s too early to tell whether the growth rate will continue to rise,” he said.

As the country faces another critical period, if people do not reduce their contacts and “suffocate” the virus at every opportunity, it will spread to individuals, households and generations.

HSE chief executive Paul Reid has warned the public about the “three ingredients” and the high-risk multiplier effect, urging them to engage in “maximum monitoring” ahead of Christmas.

These were the increase in cases, the increase in test positivity, and the huge increase in the number of case contacts if people socialized for Christmas.

Combined with the increased demand for hospital services at this time of year and the “disproportionate” impact on Kovid-19 hospitals based on bed and ward closures, this is a “dangerous mix”.

Mr Reid reiterated his commitment to maintaining the lowest possible level of contact with people, limiting family visits and, above all, protecting the vulnerable. He warned that getting too many contacts for Christmas would “not work” and could be limited thereafter.

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