Is Ireland really prepared for an increase in Covid-19 cases?

While other countries have enacted travel bans, cancelled large gatherings and encouraged some citizens to self isolate, authorities here appear to be adopting a wait-and-see attitude to how the situation unfolds

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
8th March, 2020
Should Ireland be following other countries that are banning large gatherings, closing schools, introducing quarantines and thermal testing at airports?

As Ireland saw an increase in the number of coronavirus cases last week, health officials came under increased scrutiny over the measures adopted to date, the preparedness of the health service and the decision to withhold a significant amount of information about confirmed cases.

At times, the difference in opinion was stark.

“The reaction in Ireland is far too slow. People are going to needlessly die. It’s unfortunate,” tweeted well-known entrepreneur Paddy Cosgrave....

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