‘We are in another COVID wave’, warns Derry Colr.

Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy has expressed concern that the rising number of close contact notifications from the COVID-19 Proximity App is not being taken as seriously as it warrants.

Monday, 26th July 2021, 1:27 pm

The SF Health spokesperson, Colr. Duffy said the rising number of new cases, the high percentage of tests coming back positive and the increasing numbers of notifications to self-isolate “shows we are into another COVD-19 wave.

“Following a question to the Minister of Health we have received confirmation that in June there were 843 close contact notifications using the app. I believe this number will rise even further for July,” Colr. Duffy said, adding that the Public Health Agency has also confirmed arising number of outbreaks and clusters primarily centred on workplaces, retail and bar settings. “There needs to be a vigorous effort to support business, staff, and members of the public to stay safe. This requires effective contact tracing, testing, isolating.”

Colr. Duffy also called for support for those who are required to isolate, “either being called by the Contact Tracers or by notification from the COVID-19 Proximity App.”

Sinn Fein Councillor Sandra Duffy.