River Shannon at Athlone, county Westmeath
A Covid-19 outbreak in Athlone has been identified as “probably” the Delta variant, the Director of Public Health, HSE Midlands has said.
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.
So how do you ramp up fear narrative? Go on national media & make vague references to outdoor gatherings on longest river in Ireland & just tell people it's "probably" the Delta variant.
Is "probably" a new medical term for the diagnosis of COVID cases? https://t.co/eRhDLb0t9l
— Politics Watch (@PoliticsWatch14) June 22, 2021