Monday May 25, 2020

Colin Murphy: Have we managed the coronavirus crisis as well as we imagine?

The available data suggests Ireland may have one of the higher death rates from Covid-19, and one of the worst records of care home deaths

10th May, 2020
Walking on the pier at Howth: some minor easing of Covid-19 restrictions came into effect last week including the relaxation of cocooning for over 70s. Picture: RollingNews.

Five weeks ago, the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) agreed that it would "immediately" deploy a "crisis management response" in care homes. The following week, it noted that there were "significant" numbers of care home staff absent. The week after that, a deal was reached to redeploy HSE staff to private nursing homes.

Last week, Colm Henry, chief clinical officer of the HSE, told the daily Covid-19 briefing that "almost 400" HSE staff had...

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