GP Hopeful That Clare Covid Spike Can Be Kept Under Control

An Ennis GP has expressed hope that the current spike in COVID-19 cases in this county can still be kept under control.

19 new cases have been confirmed in the past four days.


The National Public Health Emergency Team was informed of 85 new cases yesterday, the highest number in over two months.

11 of those were in Clare, bringing there have been 19 cases here this week.

A number of those relate to a cluster in the Ennis area, and it’s understood that many of those affected were asymptomatic, and found through contact tracing.

Ennis GP Dr Maire Finn believes that this measure can help prevent the further spread of the virus, and may help to keep the number of new cases down.

Acting chief medical officer, Ronan Glynn, says the vast majority of cases are Irish to Irish transmissions.

But an immunology expert claims there are many undetected cases of Covid-19 here, as a result of international travel.

Dr Tomás Ryan, an associate professor in Trinity College Dublin, says we aren’t picking up a lot of imported cases.

Last night’s news will call into question whether the county will move into Phase 4 of Re-Opening on August 10th, as had been planned.

Should that move be delayed, then it will come as a significant blow to publicans whose premises have been closed for five months now.

Those who serve food have been open for several weeks now.

CEO of Ennis Chamber Margaret O’Brien is among those who says the situation is unfair, and is warning that some pubs will never re-open if this situation persists.

Meanwhile, The Mayor of Clare is appealing to people to follow health advice this Bank Holiday weekend, amid a spike in cases in the county.

Cathaoirelach of Clare County Council, Ennis Fine Gael Councillor Mary Howard has been telling Clare FM’s Fiona Cahill that it’s more important now, than ever, that people take extra care.