Thousands of people who have booked summer holidays abroad are being advised to cancel them amid fears Ireland could be seeing the first signs of a potential resurgence of
Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan issued the plea amid a small but worrying rise in clusters of travel-related infections and an increase in cases of the virus in young people flouting rules here.
The surprise turnaround in the pattern of infection stoked fears of a potential flare-up in the virus and comes as pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, hotels and a range of businesses yesterday welcomed back customers for the first time since March.
One of the clusters has been linked to a person who returned from Iraq and infected others in the north west. The fear now is that as more people go abroad for getaways they will pick up the infection and spread it.
He said: “I know people have made bookings. It would make much more sense not to go ahead.”