The number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in North Cork in the last fortnight has increased dramatically with the Fermoy Local Electoral Area recording the highest number of positive cases per 100k in the county.

In addition, there are many hundreds of people who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, who have been told to stay at home.

The daily figures tell of a devasting escalation in the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 across Ireland, with Cork University Hospital having the highest number of patients with Covid-19 in the country.

The new UK variant, which is now widespread in Ireland, spreads 50-70% more easily. It’s been likened to an energetic substitute being brought onto the pitch in the second half of a match.

Therefore, we in turn need to increase the energy we put into fighting the virus, but the tactics are the same.

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A print and broadcast journalist for two decades, Graham began his career with Radio Kerry before working on radio in Western Australia and then with Regional BBC radio in the UK. He became the Sports Editor of the Irish Post newspaper in London before becoming a freelance contributor to the Irish Independent and other national print titles. Graham would spend six years as a feature writer with the Independent while also writing for the Sunday Business Post. In 2019 he began feature writing for the Irish Times in a freelance capacity. He was shortlisted for Irish Feature Writer of the year in 2017 at the Newsbrands Journalism Awards and in 2016 for sports feature of the year. Graham spent four years as a reporter with the Drivetime programme on RTÉ Radio 1. He is also the founder and national coordinator of the multi-award-winning Sanctuary Runners Movement and the Together Ireland initiative. Originally from Glenbeigh in County Kerry, he moved to Fermoy in 2012 with his wife Catherine and four children.