Number of COVID-19 outbreaks in primary schools nearly doubles

The number of Covid-19 outbreaks in primary schools nearly doubled last week, according to the latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Center (HPSC).

However, the incidence of Covid cases among children aged 5 to 12 has also fallen by more than a fifth in the previous week. This is still the age group with the highest number of cases by far at 1,048 per 100,000, according to data for the week through Sunday.

The data shows there were 164 outbreaks overall in the week ending December 11, which is an increase of 25 – or 18 per cent – over the previous week.

The place where the largest number of outbreaks occurred was schools, where there were 37. This number is up from 30 the previous week. Primary schools were the hardest hit with 22 outbreaks, which was up from 12 in the previous week.

In total, 733 outbreaks associated with school children, universities and colleges, third-level students and childcare facilities have been reported since June 27, and 243 of these outbreaks are still open.

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