It will be at least six weeks before cases of Covid-19 drop to around 100 a day, according to the Chair of NPHET’s Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group.
Professor Philip Nolan said that while case numbers and hospitalisations have reduced, the numbers are still too high.
“Last week by every indicator we had more disease and more severe disease than any point in 2020. We still have 170 people in ICU. That is an extraordinarily high number.”
He said Ireland should be at around 200 to 400 cases a day heading into March and approaching 100 to 200 cases a day by the end of March.
He said both suppressing the virus and increasing protection from the vaccine will come together.