Anecdotally again, I know of what I would say is a definite case. - Contacts with both Spanish and Italians. In a business where conditions for transmission were ripe. And he had all the symptoms.
He phoned the day before the first lock-down, told them everything, and was told they were sending a car out. But nothing happened since. I would say too there’s likely a cluster gone out from that point.
So my conjecture is they’re testing in the cities like mad, Dublin and Cork, and this is consuming all their time and resources so that the rest of the country is going under the radar.
But it’s important to tie these clusters down. Not tying them down creates a point of failure, and all it takes is one such point, e.g. How an Austrian ski resort helped coronavirus spread across Europe
I’m not denying the heroism and sacrifice of those rolling out the tests, but we need to get on top of it in these aspects, as it’s not only about the numbers of tests.
And to compound the problem in this aspect of these type of clusters propagating, the Irish are not telling people where the known clusters are (in South Korea they have apps that people have on their phones so they can avoid these ‘hot-spots’ etc.). The Irish are even now still using language like, “in the east of the country”…
I do hope we are on top of it, we may be, but it’s still too early to be sure of it.