Supermarkets have seen a number of Covid-19 outbreaks around the country as staff became infected with the virus, it emerged yesterday.

Fast-food outlets have also been among the workplaces where the number of cases of the virus have been found.

Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn said that as people return to work they need to remember to maintain their physical distance from colleagues.

He said he was not aware of any customers in shops ­getting the virus.

He also referred yesterday to the outbreak involving around 20 workers on a Dublin construction site.

The spotlight on workplaces came as a GP expressed concern that some people perceive a stigma about having potential Covid-19 symptoms. People experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 are urged to come forward for testing.

There were no new deaths reported yesterday, while six new cases of the virus were diagnosed.

In county Mayo, the increase in the number of visitors from the UK and elsewhere to the county has resulted in the doubling of tests at the Mchale Park testing centre in Castlebar, over the past two weeks.

31 people were tested for the virus at the test centre last week, that’s up from an average of 11 weekly, a few weeks ago.

The number of confirmed cases of the virus in Mayo now stands at 574. The latest new case was confirmed on Friday.

It’s understood that the case involved a person staying in a holiday home in the Louisburgh area. It prompted the local GAA club to postpone their Michael Walsh Intermediate game with Balla on Saturday evening.


Latest News