Winter of discontent looms as coronavirus refuses to go away

A second lockdown is not on the cards just yet, but the Covid-19 infection numbers make gloomy reading for medics, politicians and the public alike

30th August, 2020
Winter of discontent looms as coronavirus refuses to go away
The Molly Malone statue sporting a mask in Dublin city centre: it’s expected people will be keeping doctors busy with the schools back, Covid-19 and ‘the usual winter stuff’ Picture: Collins

Ireland may not be heading for another nationwide lockdown just yet, but we are undeniably battening down the hatches for a winter of discontent and disruption.

Another week of high infection numbers means our 14-day average has risen to 33 cases per 10,000 people – far fewer than Spain and France, but significantly above Britain, Germany and Italy, and on a par with outlier Sweden.

The R or reproduction number has come down but still hovers ominously...

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