January 18, 2021

Just one person passes away as expert says resurgence here ‘inevitable’

Just one person lost their lives from Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland in the last 24 hours, the HSE said this evening.

The total death toll here is now 1,727 while the number of confirmed cases has now reached 25,405 after another 11 were diagnosed.

Meanwhile, a leading medical expert has told a Dáil committee that a resurgence of the virus here is ‘inevitable’.

Professor Paddy Mallon, a specialist in infectious disease, said that community transmission, together with the resurgence of cases in Lisbon and Germany show that highlight that the country is still very much at  risk for Covid-19.

“The first stress test to the system is going to be what happens in August as the Irish people decide whether they will travel overseas or not because we will inevitably have imported cases coming back into the country – that is going to stress the system,” he said.


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