The Health Minister and Chief Medical Officer have commented on the identification of a -19 cluster in the Limavady area.
The Department of Health in Northern Ireland continues to publish the Covid-19 reproduction number on a weekly basis.
The current estimate of R is 0.5 – 1.0.
At present, R will show a high degree of volatility and be heavily influenced by small local clusters and is therefore not the key indicator for policy decisions.
Health Minister Robin Swann stated:
“We have long anticipated and warned that clusters will happen. I want to commend colleagues in the Public Health Agency for the work they are doing in keeping people safe through the Test, Trace and Protect programme.
“I would once again urge everyone across Northern Ireland to guard against complacency. The virus is still present in our community and must never be underestimated.
“Please stick to social distancing at all times and keep washing your hands regularly with the same rigour as at the start of this pandemic.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride said:
“This week’s news underlines once again that we have to keep up our guard against Covid-19. Social gatherings in private residences have been an issue on both sides of the border.
“We have made important strides forward against the virus, but we must always remember that we have a long way to go. We face a very uncertain next few months and the very real prospect of a very challenging autumn and winter.
“Please keep following the public health advice at all times. Stay safe and save lives. And make sure you avoid crowds, closed spaces and close contact when you are socialising.”