There is concern among public health officials following a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases in Limerick.

Local health officials believe the rise in cases is connected to social gatherings in the past two weeks.

According to provisional data from Public Health Mid-West, there were 11 cases on Sunday, 20 cases on Monday, 22 cases on Tuesday, 38 cases on Wednesday, and 46 new cases on Thursday in Limerick city and county.

It is understood that house parties, indoor gatherings, social activities and transmission from social events into workplaces are some of the factors involved in the spike in cases.

Dr Mai Mannix, Director of Public Health Mid-West, said: "We have not seen this level of infection in the community since early March, which is a very worrying trend. If daily cases continue at this rate, coupled with the health service's coping with the sinister cyber attack, we will find ourselves in a very troubling position."

Anyone with symptoms, or who suspects they have been exposed to possible infection, is asked to arrange a PCR test at the Limerick Covid Test Centre.