The best medical experts in the country delivered the encouraging news that transmission of the virus had decreased by more than a third while the number of reproductions was almost back to 1.
Tonight it was confirmed that the 7-day incidence rate of the virus was down 36% to date from the previous seven-day period.
But the chief medical officer, Dr. Tony Holohan, has warned that the “early days” in the fight against the second wave of the killer bug.
He said, “The overall situation has improved, but we must remember that these are very early days.
“This improvement will only be sustained if we continue our efforts.
“We need to remember that the incidence is increasing in older age groups who are particularly susceptible to this disease.
“We can protect them if we continue to reduce transmission across the population.”
The Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Desmond Hickey said Ireland’s progress was remarkable compared to the rapidly deteriorating situation across Europe.
He added, “It is of the utmost importance that we maintain and further reduce the incidence of disease as much as possible over the coming weeks.”
The chairman of the Irish Epidemiological Modeling Advisory Group to NPHET, Professor Philip Nolan, noted that the reproductive rate is very close to or possibly just under 1 – a “significant improvement” compared to the last few weeks.
He said, “This is the first time in a few weeks that we have reported positive indicators of the disease.
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“However, our experience so far shows that this type of progress is very fragile.
“We should take these positive signs as an indication that our efforts are starting to work. The bottom line now is to maintain it. The virus will look for a way to spread. In the next few weeks we should make sure we don’t give it ”this opportunity by keeping the R and case numbers as low as possible. ”
Another 772 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Ireland and six deaths have unfortunately also been announced.
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