Taoiseach Micheál Martin spoke to reporters outside Government Buildings on Monday where he told reporters that people need to dismiss the notion that Covid-19 is similar to the flu.
Martin added that it’s “a very dangerous sort of idea” that’s being passed around while also stating that testing numbers have significantly increased compared to last week.
Towards the end of yesterday, it was confirmed that half of the Irish population would be fully vaccinated and that although a lot of progress is being made on the rollout, Martin added that there is still a need for caution surrounding the Delta variant.
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly confirmed on Twitter that half of the Irish adult population will be fully vaccinated by the end of yesterday while expressing the importance of people ensuring that they get their second dose.
Meanwhile, Professor Sam McConkey, Infectious Disease Specialist and head of the Department of International Health and Tropical Medicine at the RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences, stated that he believes Ireland is already at the beginning of a fourth wave after 562 cases were reported on Sunday.
However, he added that he is hopeful that this wave will be “much less traumatic” compared to the first three.