When asked if the upcoming St Patrick’s Day parade should be cancelled or not, Mr Reid said that people will still gather regardless.
“Whether the St Patrick’s Day parade happens or doesn’t happen, we still will have concentrated numbers of people in different settings.
The national public Health emergency team are working through recommendations in terms of mass gatherings and that will be a more comprehensive approach and I think it will move it on just from the St Patrick’s Day parade,” he added.
Speaking on the same programme, Sam McConkey, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of International Health said he wasn’t surprised by the figures of 1.9 million as he said he's been "saying them for weeks".
“Not just on our health service, I think this is a transformation over society.
"The best metaphor that I can think of is the Spanish flu, mixed up with the Irish civil war, which was 100 years ago, mixed up with the 1929 stock market crash, all mixed up together at the same time," he said.
"That sounds pretty bad, but this is an all-of society response and requires an all-of government response."
He said that the coronavirus will have an affect everywhere.
"This is going to impact on every government department and every private industry and every citizen here in a very radical way," he said.
We’re in coronavirus land, a new world we haven’t been in before and we need to start adapting to that reality, the first thing that we need in that is clear, good governance."