The HSE Mid West Community healthcare services has said active case finding, contract tracing through the establishment of new testing facilities, and the timely management of outbreaks are some of the reasons why the number of cases in Limerick are declining.

There have been 89 cases of Covid-19 over the past two weeks, but the rate of the illness has now fallen from 63.1 per 100,000 a week ago, to 45.7 this week.

At one stage the rate of infection was second only to Dublin leading to the prospect of tighter restrictions.

The HSE Mid West department of public health and their Community Health division established new testing bays in Limerick city last week to increase testing capacity, which can now deliver up to 700 tests per day. 

They also opened a 'walk in no GP appointment necessary' testing centre in Rathkeale last Friday to try and catch people who do not know they have the infection or those with mild symptoms and so prevent what it describes as invisible spread in the community. 

669 people were tested there last Friday.

The Community Health team in Limerick said this afternoon the number of cases in Limerick is showing a downward trend, and that active case finding, and contact tracing are among the measures attributed to this trend. 

But it warns that to maintain the downward trend and prevent an upward surge it is vital that people of Limerick redouble their efforts in relation to their social behaviour, to reduce their number of contacts, keep social distance, wear masks where appropriate and regularly wash their hands.