The Public Health Agency should disclose the locations of Covid-19 clusters here, a leading health expert has said.
Professor Gabriel Scally, a former NHS doctor and professor of Public Health at the University of Bristol, said more transparency on the issue would be "helpful" to the public.
"It might change people's views about whether they might want to go to a particular geographical spot. It might be helpful for people who live in that area to be especially careful," he told the Belfast Telegraph.
"I think everything should be transparent. But I don't think they should release any personal details of the individuals involved."
The Belfast-born medic's comments come after an outbreak of coronavirus cases was reported in Ballymena on Wednesday.
Since May 22, there have 16 clusters across Northern Ireland, with a total of 133 cases linked to these small outbreaks, according to the Public Health Agency (PHA).
Earlier this month a cluster of cases were also detected in Limavady and traced to a house party - where party-goers had used the same microphone - which led to a number of GAA clubs suspending activity.
Crossgar in Co Down has also reported local spikes in cases recently.
In a separate development, food producer Moy Park also confirmed that a "very small number" of its employees at its Ballymena site had tested positive.
In a statement the company said it was engaging with the PHA and other government agencies by following advice and protocols.
"The individuals affected have been self-isolating on full pay in line with our Covid sick pay scheme and we are in contact with them to ensure they have the support they require," it said.
Meanwhile, a further nine people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Northern Ireland, the Department of Health said.
There were no new deaths reported on Wednesday, leaving the death toll at 556.
Dr Scally said the identification of geographical clusters would give the public greater confidence. "I don't think it does any harm, and I believe in transparency and there hasn't been enough transparency with the Northern Ireland data as it is," he continued.
The PHA has stated it will not release specific details about "every incident that emerges", adding it could undermine people's right to anonymity.
However, Alliance MLA and Stormont Health Committee member Paula Bradshaw last night called on the body to disclose at least the location of larger-scale clusters.
"That's what I'm asking the PHA to do, but obviously not whenever it's a small size, say five cases or under," she said.
"It's about allowing the people and the businesses in that locality to respond accordingly."
She continued: "The second part of that is that I'm asking the PHA what is it that they're learning from the more and more clusters that are taking place.
"Are these in the food manufacturing setting, are these in care homes, leisure etc?
"What setting it is, so the guidance, from the Department for Economy say, can be amended accordingly, for those relevant sections of business or otherwise."
Ms Bradshaw added: "Obviously the PHA is gathering more and more information and statistics and should be shared across the other parts of government so they can learn how the virus is moving through society."
In response, the PHA said clusters of cases are to be expected as the pandemic continues.
"This is why the Test, Trace and Protect programme is in place to help ensure that people are tested when symptoms emerge, and their contacts traced quickly if they receive a positive result, to help prevent further spread," said a spokesperson.
"The PHA will not comment on individual cases or go into the detail of every incident that emerges, as this could lead to people being identified, create stigma and focus attention on individuals, families or groups, and therefore deter others with symptoms coming forward to be tested."
The health organisation stressed that to date "the majority of clusters" have been "managed effectively" via the contact tracing programme. "And where we need to advise or inform the public of any increased risk to public health we will do so in a timely manner," added the spokesperson.
The Department of Health has supported the PHA's position on the issue, adding identifying clusters could be counterproductive in managing Covid-19.
"PHA do not comment on individual cases as this could lead to people being identified and deter others with symptoms coming forward to be tested. We would ask everyone to be mindful of this risk," said a spokesperson.
The Department of Health emphasised that the public should not become complacent about the virus. "We must be aware that Covid-19 is still a threat and we need everyone to play their part in helping to stop the virus spreading," they added.
The Public Health Agency currently defines a Covid-19 'cluster' as "two or more laboratory confirmed cases among individuals associated with a key setting" with the onset of the illness occurring within a 14-day period.