Identifying geographical locations of Covid-19 'clusters' here risks sparking violence and creating "social discord", a former World Health Organization (WHO) chief has warned.
Professor Karol Sikora, a former government medical adviser, said disclosing specific areas of where clusters have emerged could lead to violence breaking out in local communities.
"People could end up going round and beating other people up," he told the Belfast Telegraph.
He was speaking after it emerged that 16 clusters had been identified here since the end of May.
Recently places like Limavady in Co Londonderry and Crossgar, Co Down, have made headlines over claims of 'spikes' in cases.
The cancer expert added that decisions around authorities disclosing greater information was an issue for all regions, but it is also one that requires "fine balance".
"There could be misunderstandings, privacy issues. That's why the contact and trace systems are based on anonymity," continued Professor Sikora.
"If someone tells me I've been in contact with a person in a bar on Wednesday, that has tested positive and gone into isolation, I'm not allowed to know who they are, so it's completely confidential.
"So if you had a map of, say, suburbs outside of Belfast with little 'red spots' where there is known series of cases - what would people do?"
Professor Sikora added: "It would not help in controlling the pandemic, but it could create social discord."
The Public Health Agency and the Department of Health have both said specific details regarding cluster locations will not be released to the public, despite growing pressure, citing privacy issues.
South Down SDLP MLA Colin McGrath, who sits on the health committee, warned that identifying an area - such as a village or small town - as a Covid 'hotspot' could have significant repercussions for those communities.
"I think there is a 'thirst' among the public for some more information but I think that needs to be tempered by what the reaction of that would be," he explained.
"And to me the reactions are two-fold - you don't want people living outside those areas to relax.
"A cluster can be two cases, and that can cause thousands and thousands to businesses identified in place where there is a cluster, leaving people saying they won't go there."