The Shannon Delta


River Shannon at Athlone, county Westmeath

This morning/afternoon.

A Covid-19 outbreak in Athlone has been identified as “probably” the Delta variant, the Director of Public Health, HSE Midlands has said.

Via RTÉ:

Dr Una Fallon said it became apparent over the weekend that there was a cluster of cases associated with socialising by the River Shannon on Friday 11 June.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Dr Fallon said this was not necessarily unusual, but that public health experts had been investigating a travel related incident and were screening for the Delta variant.

As a result, some of the cases belonging to the 11 June gathering were sent for Delta screening as well.

Dr Fallon said there are 14 primary cases and that each of these cases has further links in the community – such as home and work places.

Seems plausible.

Athlone Covid cluster linked to socialising is ‘probably’ Delta variant (RTÉ)




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17 thoughts on “The Shannon Delta

    1. Col

      There is an upward trend inCovid patients in hospital in the UK though.
      This is the same data Ivor shared, but in a shorter timeframe, to cut out the previous peak.

      I’m not saying this is anything to panic about. I have selected the timeframe to show the increase, but Ivor selected his to obscure it.

      (apologies, I’m sure there is a better way to share links, but I don’t know how to do that.)

  1. GiggidyGoo

    So, they sent it for tests, and the tests aren’t back yet – but still it’s ‘probably’ the ‘frightening’ Delta variant? So, how do they come to the conclusion that’s it’s ‘probably’ it?

    I bet it’s the Athlone variant.

  2. f_lawless

    First it was the arrival of the UK variant in Ireland, then it was the arrival of the South African variant we all needed to be worried about. Then it was announced the Brazilian variant had arrived and that was now the focus of the worry. Now the Delta variant has arrived to keep the worry going.

    As an alternative to all the fearmongering, here’s a good news story from a group of independent health experts in the UK::

    “Overall there is minimal real world evidence of the Delta variant behaving in a significantly more transmissible or dangerous way and the symptomatology appears to be becoming more mild.”

      1. f_lawless

        Daisy, you are the epitome of an internet troll, as I’m sure is obvious to anyone who regularly visits this site. Rather than engage in genuine debate, you consistently indulge in ad hominem attacks.
        That piece you linked to is an obvious hatchet job that – as this comprehensive rebuttal puts it –
        “makes no effort to engage with the arguments of the report, Whipple rounds up the usual suspects to heap opprobrium on anything that deviates from the establishment line or raises awkward questions. ” Much the same thing that you yourself do.

        Who knows, maybe you’re a wonderfully pleasant person in real life, and this abusive online alter ego is just the manifestation of some unfulfilled need stemming from your childhood. What do you reckon? Maybe next time, when the same urge grabs you once again to police the Broadsheet comment section, pause for a second and ask yourself, “What am I adding to the discussion with this kind of comment? Why am I doing this?” First step to breaking unhealthy habits is achieving greater self-awareness. ;)

        1. SOQ

          I suspect that appealing to Daisy’s sensitive side is a bit like attempting to reach a straight man’s G spot. It’s well hidden and would require major sedation before even attempting the expedition. The analogy is deliberate.

        2. Daisy Chainsaw

          You can’t “genuinely debate” batplop and woo.

          And the headtheballs on just make your first link even more laughable.

          1. f_lawless

            As far as I recall, you’ve said previously that your work in the public sector. It wouldn’t be in the government’s own “online presence” team, by chance would it? If not, you could do well to ask for a transfer – you’d fit in seamlessly!

            Monitoring online public platforms and trying to exert influence over public discourse is standard government policy around the world these days in the age of “information warfare”. The British state has its own dedicated “77th Brigade” consisting of 1000s of keyboard warriors and early last year it publicly announced that it would be targeting the British public in the fight against “Covid misinformation” (or to put it another way, “any challenges to establishment narratives on Covid”).

            Considering that Broadsheet is one of the few Irish outlets regularly publishing Covid-related pieces that run counter to Irish government narratives, I think it’s a very reasonable assumption to make that the website has already come under the radar in some form and that the comment threads are frequented by a government-financed “online presence” team looking to steer discussions a certain way or to derail them entirely.

          1. Fearganainm

            They actually say aithníonn ciaróg ciaróg eile, but never mind, you have your own level.

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