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Concern expressed over ‘stubborn’ Covid-19 infection rate in Dublin

Some 767 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Ireland by the National Public Health Emergency Team on Monday, with 321 in Dublin.

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Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer at the Department of Health (Brian Lawless/PA)

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer at the Department of Health (Brian Lawless/PA)

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer at the Department of Health (Brian Lawless/PA)

Concern has been expressed over the Covid-19 infection rate in Ireland’s capital.

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said there has been a big reduction in Covid-19 cases across Ireland, but that the rate in Dublin has been “stubborn”.

“The seven-day incidence (in Dublin) has dropped a little but it is staying in the last week or so stubbornly above 200 cases a day on average,” he said.

I'd like to think that over the course of the remainder of this week, we might begin to see a fuller effect of all of phase fiveDr Tony Holohan

“We’d like to see that dropping. This is a pattern that we’ve seen in other jurisdictions. Dublin is a large city with a concentrated population that reflects some of the pattern of this particular disease.”

Additional restrictions have been in place in Dublin for more than four weeks, but Dr Holohan said it “hasn’t had an appreciable effect in terms of slowing the infection the way that we’d like”.

“I’d like to think that over the course of the remainder of this week, we might begin to see a fuller effect of all of phase five,” he said.

Some 767 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Ireland by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) on Monday evening, along with two further deaths.

Of the latest cases, 321 are in Dublin, 84 in Cork, 47 in Meath, 34 in Limerick, 24 in Roscommon and the remaining 257 cases are spread across all other counties.

Dr Holohan was asked about the likely impact of Christmas with many coming home from abroad to visit their families.

He responded saying NPHET would be considering advice on travel in the coming weeks.

“We haven’t ruled anything in or out,” he said.

“We’ll be looking at the whole issue of travel over the course of the next number of weeks.”

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