Fifty-six Covid-19 cases linked to man who failed to isolate after trip abroad

A man who failed to restrict his movements after returning to Ireland from a trip abroad led to at least 56 people being infected with coronavirus, including up to 10 households and a sports team.

The sobering “real example” of how Covid-19 can quickly spread within the community was revealed Monday in a report published by the Department of Public Health, Mid West, as the region surpassed its 3,000th case.

“In total, 56 cases were infected from the index case, affecting up to 10 private households and a sports team,” the report stated.

The index case “was abroad on his holidays but he did not restrict his movements as per the current HSE guidelines when he got home”.

At first he had “mild symptoms including a runny nose and a mild sore throat”, and his “temperature was normal”.

“He felt reassured by this and socialised with a group of friends and he later tested positive for Covid-19. However, by this stage he had already infected a number of his friends; three of these friends went on to infect their families.