Parents urged to reduce risk of children contracting Covid 19 as childcare providers warn of struggle ahead

Parents are being urged to take steps to reduce the risk of their children contracting Covid-19 during play dates.

Concerns are being raised by public health officials, after one third of new cases in the past two weeks involved people under the age of 35, including 16 children under 14 years of age.

Two more people with Covid-19 have died, while four new cases have been confirmed; the lowest daily increase since March.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ronan Glynn says parents should be limiting the amount of children playing together.

Meanwhile, about 2,000 childcare providers will struggle to reopen in late August if they don’t get more state support.

Early Childhood Ireland will also tell today’s Oireachtas Covid-19 committee the pandemic has worsened the crisis in the sector.

It says the issues include the cost of insurance, and staff recruitment and retention.

Centres that provide full day-care services can reopen next week, but others have to wait until late August.