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Are we ready to break the next wave?

We have coped well with the first effects of the pandemic but as we look to the future we need to modify our strategy, writes Mark Roe

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It is 150 days since Ireland first confirmed a case of Covid-19. We are now on the tailend of the first wave. An average of 20 new cases have been confirmed for each of the past 14 days. That is 3pc of our peak level in mid-April. So, how do we prepare for what comes next?

Much has been spoken about the 'surge' of travel-related Covid-19 infections. But since phase three began, for every new travel-related case, four are occurring in healthcare workers. Travel is playing a role but it is small at one-to-two cases per day since phase three began. Across the EU, less than 3pc of cases have been imported into the reporting country. In Ireland, imported cases account for 1.7pc, meaning that the source for most new infections is already here.

When a population of 4.8 million has detected just a handful of cases for a sustained period of time, yet is surrounded by countries facing second waves, it is important to have clarity on the extent of the problem.