No house parties or unnecessary visits to homes, warns CMO

No house parties or unnecessary visits to homes, warns CMO

CMO Ireland Dr Tony Holohan 

Transmission of Covid-19 has been suppressed in the last week but the public should not relax in the fight against coronavirus, public health chiefs have said.

The seven-day incidence rate of Covid-19 has dropped by 30%, from an average of 1,200 cases per day to 836. 

The Chief Medical Officer says he is wary of 'anticipatory behaviour' as the spread of Covid-19 lessens.

Dr Tony Holohan says he doesn't want people to plan parties or arrange unnecessary visits to other homes as the situation starts to improve.

However, on the other side of that, the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) believes people anticipating the worsening condition in the past few weeks has led to the growth of disease slowing.

"Our assessment is that we would need to be on a track of a reproductive order somewhere around 0.5 to get to get case numbers close to 100 or less a day from where we were at the outset of this six week period.

"The basic point is we'll go as low as we possibly can and the lower we get, the better the outcome."

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