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Complacency is our biggest enemy as we enter risky new phase

Eilish O'Regan



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Life’s a beach: Matilda Thomas (2) at the water’s edge in Sandycove Beach, Dublin, as the bathing spot reopened. PHOTO: BRIAN LAWLESS/PA

Life’s a beach: Matilda Thomas (2) at the water’s edge in Sandycove Beach, Dublin, as the bathing spot reopened. PHOTO: BRIAN LAWLESS/PA

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Life’s a beach: Matilda Thomas (2) at the water’s edge in Sandycove Beach, Dublin, as the bathing spot reopened. PHOTO: BRIAN LAWLESS/PA

The coronavirus outbreak may be trending downwards but new figures, hidden behind a litany of statistics, are causing growing disquiet.

An internal poll of "risk perceptions" among the public by the Department of Health asked people to rate how worried they are about the coronavirus, on a scale of one to 10.

The measure is continuing to fall, and is currently at 5.7, down from a high of 7.3 on St Patrick's Festival week in March.