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Coronavirus Ireland: Growth rate of Covid-19 cases halves amid test delay fear

Hospitals at risk of being swamped despite tough measures

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A woman wearing a protective face mask waits at a bus stop which displays a message of 'Thank you to Ireland's healthcare workers' in Dublin. Photo: REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

A woman wearing a protective face mask waits at a bus stop which displays a message of 'Thank you to Ireland's healthcare workers' in Dublin. Photo: REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

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A woman wearing a protective face mask waits at a bus stop which displays a message of 'Thank you to Ireland's healthcare workers' in Dublin. Photo: REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

The daily growth rate in confirmed cases of coronavirus has halved - but hospitals remain at risk of being swamped by severely ill patients if a surge cannot be contained.

The stark warning emerged as new figures show the day-to-day rise in people being diagnosed with the killer virus has dropped from 33pc to 15pc.

Maynooth University's Prof Philip Nolan, who is leading a team advising the Government on the likely spread of the pandemic, said the 33pc rise took place in a scenario where no emergency measures such as physical distancing and school and business closures were implemented.


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