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Fewer deaths and our determination to keep spending shine light at end of Covid tunnel

Dan O'Brien


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Spending: A perfect V-shaped economic rebound occurred in May and June. Jalanta Vasiljeva from Swords was first in the queue for the reopening of the IKEA store in Ballymun at the start of June. Photo: Frank McGrath

Spending: A perfect V-shaped economic rebound occurred in May and June. Jalanta Vasiljeva from Swords was first in the queue for the reopening of the IKEA store in Ballymun at the start of June. Photo: Frank McGrath

Spending: A perfect V-shaped economic rebound occurred in May and June. Jalanta Vasiljeva from Swords was first in the queue for the reopening of the IKEA store in Ballymun at the start of June. Photo: Frank McGrath

Is there light at the end of the coronavirus tunnel? In ­Ireland and across Europe the numbers of new Covid cases in recent days and weeks remain at a fraction of those recorded last March and April. There have been fresh outbreaks in some places across the continent, but only a handful of places have come close to recording the numbers of cases of last spring. This is despite an end to lockdown and a cautious re-opening across the ­continent. So far so good, by and large.

Even more encouraging is what really matters in a pandemic - the number of deaths.

Across the continent fatalities from the disease have fallen precipitously, according to figures from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. From a peak in April when daily deaths in the thousands were taking place, they have declined by well over 90pc.