Cases of coronavirus in Ireland to reach 15,000 by end of March; next week seen as crucial to slow the spread 

Cases of coronavirus in Ireland to reach 15,000 by end of March; next week seen as crucial to slow the spread 
 Covid-19 Pandemic (Coronavirus), Ireland. Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health Dr Tony Holohan speaking to the media

New projections show we could be reporting more than 350 new daily cases of COVID-19 by Sunday.

Tonight Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan said early modeling data, shows that we could see 78 new cases of COVID-19 reported tomorrow, 109 on Wednesday and 355 cases on Sunday.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed that some 15,000 virus infections were expected by the end of the month as the government ramps up supports and equipment supplies for frontline health workers.

Fifty-four new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the country tonight including 11 cases in the south of the country. 

It brings the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland to 223. 

The HSE is working rapidly to identify any contacts the patients may have had, to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

The National Public Health Emergency Team is now recommending against all non-essential travel overseas until March 29. It is also recommending against cruise travel. 

It says all people, including Irish residents, entering the country from overseas should restrict movements for 14 days, if asymptomatic. This does not apply to Northern Ireland.

Dr Holohan said “The behaviours we adopt in the next 7 days will form the template for how we interrupt the spread of this virus over the coming months. 

"We need to sustain social distancing, respiratory hygiene and these new ways of behaving if we are to succeed in minimising the threat posed by COVID-19,”

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