The zero-sum game: is Covid-19 elimination our only option?

The argument for closing borders is getting harder to dismiss, as case numbers remain high and variants threaten the efficacy of vaccines

24th January, 2021
The zero-sum game: is Covid-19 elimination our only option?
Ad for the Covid Tracker app at Dublin Airport: travellers to Ireland are now expected to produce a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of their arrival, an approach which Dr Tony Holohan, the chief medical officer, said would fail to catch 40 per cent of cases. Picture: PA

In the week that the new US president Joe Biden honoured the 400,000 Americans who have died from Covid-19, Ireland’s own death toll continued to climb.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) had warned that there may be as many as 1,000 deaths this month from the disease. As of Friday, 582 people had died from Covid-19 since the beginning of the year – more than one-fifth of the total death toll since...

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