‘The Covid-19 reality is our reality for this year, next year, and maybe beyond’

Public health officials say privately that major preparations are under way for ‘a Covid-19 winter’ with a resurgence of the virus

5th July, 2020
Customers outside Murray’s Bar in Dublin on June 29, 2020, celebrate the easing of lockdown measures. Picture: Getty

Not even the weather could dampen the enthusiasm of a public finally granted the opportunity to have a haircut, enjoy a pub lunch or traverse the country for reunions with family and friends.

Ireland finally entered Phase 3 last Monday, and the excitement was palpable.

Yet at that night’s press briefing at the Department of Health, the chief medical officer’s face was grim. Dr Tony Holohan said he would not be travelling abroad this summer, and...

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