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'Ireland has a lot more cases coming,' warns WHO expert overseeing Swedish response

Virus will unleash many more cases here says the scientist overseeing Sweden's response, reports Niamh Horan

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Professor Johan Giesecke

Professor Johan Giesecke

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Professor Johan Giesecke

The man who helped shape Sweden's strategy of 'herd immunity' has said Ireland's lockdown has delayed, not prevented, the virus spreading in the coming months.

As the country prepares to lift the first wave of restrictions tomorrow, Professor Johan Giesecke, a senior epidemiologist and adviser to the director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), predicts Ireland will end up with the same case and death rate, per head of population, in line with every other country.

"I can tell you, Ireland has a lot of cases coming," he said. However, he stressed that people should not be afraid and, "for most people, this is a very mild disease".