A public health appeal has been issued for the west and north west region as respiratory infections continue to increase.

Public Health Area F (West and North West) is asking the people of Galway, Roscommon, Mayo, Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim to avoid attending social settings such as workplaces, schools or childcare facilities if they have respiratory symptoms.

The west and north west regions are seeing a significant rise in respiratory infections, which is having a severe impact on the health service, which is experiencing one of the busiest ever periods.

Public Health Area F has been notified of 390 Covid-19 cases and 348 flu cases* in week 52 (week ending December 31).

Dr James O’Connell Specialist Registrar in Public Health Medicine has been speaking to Midwest News this lunchtime about the rise in respiratory cases across the West.

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