Coronavirus: Focus on foreign travel could distract from core message, warns Glynn

A focus on international travel has distracted from community efforts in Ireland to stop the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, the acting chief medical officer has said.

Dr Ronan Glynn, said there was a risk that debate about Irish people going on foreign holidays could detract from the “core message” of each individual having power to control the spread of the virus.

Dr Glynn said a minority of cases detected in the Republic were linked to international travel including just two of 85 cases reported on Thursday.

“Ultimately what will dictate the course of the infection over the coming week, two weeks or in the coming months is the actions of each and every person in our communities across the country,” he remarked.

Dr Glynn said the revelation that there were 85 new cases reported in Ireland on Thursday – the highest daily number in two months – was not the time for “a knee-jerk reaction”.

While not surprised by the number, as Covid-19 was a highly infectious virus, Dr Glynn said he was hopeful that the figures were the sign of “a blip” rather than signalling a more worrying trend.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Dr Glynn said it was “a reminder to us all to double down efforts as we head into this weekend”.