Irish health authorities predict 1.9m people will fall ill with coronavirus

Up to 50 per cent of cases projected in a three-week period, while the new figures raise fears of intense pressure on health service

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
8th March, 2020
Irish health authorities predict 1.9m people will fall ill with coronavirus
Health authorities are basing their figures on modelling that is almost complete and suggests that 40 per cent of the population will be sick with Covid-19.

Up to 1.9 million people in Ireland could be infected and become sick with the coronavirus, putting immense strain on the health service, senior health officials believe.

Health authorities expect half of this figure to become infected during a short three-week concentrated burst, creating huge pressure on hospitals.

Health authorities are basing their figures on modelling that is almost complete and suggests that 40 per cent of the population will be sick with Covid-19. The Business...

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