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Alarm bells at the ready as we see the first stirrings of a second wave

Eilish O'Regan



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A lab technician holds a tube with a patient's sample to perform COVID-19 PCR tests at Hermes Pardini Lab amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Vespasiano, Brazil. (Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)

A lab technician holds a tube with a patient's sample to perform COVID-19 PCR tests at Hermes Pardini Lab amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Vespasiano, Brazil. (Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)

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A lab technician holds a tube with a patient's sample to perform COVID-19 PCR tests at Hermes Pardini Lab amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Vespasiano, Brazil. (Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)

New cases of the virus are rising again and, although alarm bells have not yet sounded as the figures emerged yesterday, there is a clear dread that if people let their guard down the virus is on its way to taking hold again.

Another 23 new cases of the virus were reported - a substantial number compared to previous days.