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Covid-19 case numbers have “stabilised” in recent weeks – Holohan

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Tony Holohan has said Covid-19 case numbers in Ireland have “stabilised” in recent weeks.

The CMO posted a video on Twitter giving the public an update on the epidemiological situation in the country at the moment.

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“We’re seeing that the number of cases has stabilised somewhat in recent weeks,” Holohan said.

“But one of the important and encouraging indicators that we’ve seen is that the incidence in children largely of primary school age between 5 and 12 – which did increase as a result of the significant increase in testing after children in the first week or two returned to primary school – that’s fallen right back down as we predicted and expected that it might.”

Holohan said this is exactly the same pattern as the early stages of the pandemic.

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“It continues to show that the school environment, and particularly the classroom environment, is a safe and appropriate environment – that the measures that have been taken in that environment is helping to keep children safe and is helping to preserve and protect the ongoing provision of education which is really encouraging”.

The Department of Health today confirmed a further 1,586 cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

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