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Country at risk of three more lockdowns if virus strategy doesn’t work

Philipp Hoevel, a lecturer in Applied Mathematics at UCC says the reopening of schools, universities and pubs will give the virus ‘too many chances’ to spread again

13th September, 2020
If Ireland sees 1,000 cases a day, the government would have to reintroduce a national lockdown to bring it under control

Ireland could face three national lockdowns in the next year if regional restrictions fail to suppress Covid-19 outbreaks, a German modelling expert has warned.

Philipp Hoevel, a lecturer in Applied Mathematics at University College Cork (UCC), predicted that three successive waves could occur.

This would prompt heightened restrictions nationally if each wave reached a peak of 1,000 cases a day, he warned.

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