August 11, 2020
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Another Covid case confirmed in Kilkenny, fears of ‘second wave’ as 85 more infected

A new case of Covid-19 has been recorded in Kilkenny for the first time in over a week. It brings the overall number of cases in Kilkenny to 357.

The latest local case was confirmed after yesterday saw a worrying single-day rise in 85 people found to have the virus.

The significant rise has sparked fears of a second wave of the virus.

Public health officials said the next few days will be crucial in determining if this is a blip, whether the virus is confined to certain clusters or if has seeped into the wider ­community.

Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn warned: “Today may be a blip associated with a number of specific clusters or it may be a sign of something more significant.”

The number of new cases reported yesterday comes in advance of the August bank holiday weekend as well as ambitious plans to reopen our schools.

Central to the upsurge in cases is a dog food factory in Kildare, which has seen a large cluster in cases and has shut down to control the spread.

Irish Dog Foods took the decision to close its plant in Naas last Friday after an outbreak was discovered.

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