Number of Covid outbreaks in schools reduced last week

The number of outbreaks of Covid-19 in schools reduced significantly last week, compared with the previous week, new figures show.
There were 49 new outbreaks reported in schools in the week to last Saturday, 25 September, compared with 90 outbreaks the previous week.
The 49 outbreaks in schools led to 304 confirmed linked cases, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre said.
The breakdown of the 49 outbreaks was: 43 in primary schools, 2 in post-primary schools and 4 in special education.
Overall, the number of outbreaks in the country reduced slightly to 189, down 9 on the previous week.
A rise in outbreaks in the workplace and nursing homes was recorded. There were 21 workplace outbreaks, with 85 confirmed linked cases. In nursing homes, there were 12 outbreaks, linked to 147 confirmed cases.
An outbreak is reported when there are two or more linked cases.
The positivity rate of Covid-19 in schools has reduced, according to the latest HSE report on mass testing.
In the week to last Saturday, 25 September, the overall positivity rate was 4.6% for primary, post-primary and special education – down 1% on the previous week.
The positivity rate for primary school age children was 4.9% last week, down from 5.8% the previous week.
Of the 6,129 tests under the mass testing programme, 283 cases of Covid-19 were detected, with the vast majority of these in primary schools.
The breakdown of the cases by school sector was: 263 cases in primary, 14 in post-primary 14 cases and six special education cases.
The positivity rate by sector was primary school 4.9%, post-primary 2.2% and special education 5.4%.
All three sectors saw reductions in positivity.
The HSE report has advised that the data published today is not complete for primary and special education facilities.
It represents approximately 85% of the test results “because of the recent delays in the processes”Separately, the largest number of Covid-19 cases were seen in those aged 0-12 years in the two weeks to last Monday, latest figures show.
Of the 18,524 cases reported, 5,103 were in those up to 12 years of age.
The 5-12 year age group represented over 21% of all the cases reported, according to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.
The under-12s are not part of any current vaccination programme in Ireland.
The overall incidence of Covid-19 in Ireland is 389 cases for every 100,000 people.

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