THE cluster of new COVID-19 cases in Limavady last week is a reminder that the virus is easily and quickly spread, East Londonderry MLA Claire Sugden has said.
The risk of transmission remained for people, even while following government guidelines about who and how we meet, said the independent MLA. Localised outbreaks such as this were also to be expected as lockdown measures were eased.
“The vast majority of people are just doing what they have been allowed to do by the government, but even while doing this there remains a risk,” Ms Sugden said.
“Particularly for those most vulnerable it’s vital that people remember the guidelines, as well as enjoying the new freedoms of an eased lockdown.
“Things like washing hands regularly, social distancing and, increasingly, wearing masks when necessary will go a long way to containing the spread of COVID-19.”
Better messaging from the Executive, stressing that such outbreaks were not only possible, but likely, would show leadership, she said.
“The Executive needs to lead from the front,” she said.
The Public Health Agency identified the cluster on Thursday. It followed a private gathering in the area. Some contacts of those at the gathering then tested positive in the days following.