Ireland’s Covid-19 ‘R’ number has dropped to between 0.7 & 1.4


Ireland’s ‘R’ number has fallen to between 0.7 and 1.4 with the best estimate standing at 1.1, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has said.

Donnelly also said public health officials are saying “we are going to have a second surge” of Covid-19 based on evidence from around the world.

The country’s R number had risen from below 1 to between 1.2 and 1.8 last week. Donnelly today described that as a “serious concern to public health and to the wider community”.

However, this weeks drop suggests people are being more vigilant with their safety precautions and the trend may be reverting to a more safer outcome.