House parties a factor in Covid spike in Galway city - HSE

A HSE official has said that up to 200 households in Galway city are included in the sharp outbreak of Covid-19 in the area.

The cases, which are mainly linked to young adults, have seen two Galway LEA's have the highest incidence rates for the virus on the island.

Galway city has experienced a significant outbreak among young adults from 18-24 years - leading to 427 cases by the end of last Sunday.

This followed a surge in the number of students at NUI Galway and GMIT testing positive for the virus last month.

The "significant outbreak" among young adults and third-level students is currently ongoing and said to have evolved over the last three weeks.

The HSE West's Director of Public Health, Dr Breda Smyth, has called house parties the perfect breeding ground for the virus.


In a statement, Dr Smyth called on students to avoid inter-household mixing.

Dr Smyth said:

Currently with the predominant BII7 variant, transmissibility has increased by 70%. In addition, attack rates in household contacts have increased from a rate of approximately 20% with the original variant, to almost 33% which is thought to be attributable to the B117 variant.

''I urge all young people to take care, stay home,avoid house parties and inter-household mixing.

''If you have symptoms you are asked to self-isolate in your roomimmediately. Then call your doctor and a test will be organised. This will protect your household and close contacts and prevent further spread of the infection.