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We need less dramatics, more action in the battle with Covid

Dan O'Brien


The Government must focus less on what it wants us not to do and more on coping with a surge in hospital cases, writes Dan O'Brien

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Stock picture: AFP via Getty Images

Stock picture: AFP via Getty Images

Stock picture: AFP via Getty Images

The coming week will see global deaths from Covid-19 reach one million. This is a tragedy. Along with death, the pandemic has brought illness, fear and uncertainty. It has also caused the misery of mass unemployment and the loss of businesses in which people have invested their lives.

Many reasonable people, including some economists, argue that there is no trade- off between eliminating the virus and saving livelihoods. They may be proved right. The evidence remains mixed.


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