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COVID-19: Health Minister links rising cases to proximity to UK

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has stated that the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in Ireland can be linked to the State’s close proximity to the UK and the high level of movement that takes place between the two countries.

Although Ireland has one of the highest vaccine uptake rates in Europe, Donnelly stated that it also has one of the highest incidence rates of the virus, with over 9,800 cases being reported in the six days since Saturday.

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Donnelly linked two factors to the high incidence rate with the first one being Ireland’s proximity to the UK, where cases have been consistently high and travel between the two countries has also been consistently high.

However, Donnelly also described Ireland’s starting point in relation to the vaccination campaign as a factor.

“We got hit with the Delta variant earlier than most of mainland Europe and the analysis from around Europe is suggesting that given the virulence of this particular strain, it’s very difficult to bring the cases down.”

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He added that what you can do with the measures and the vaccination is prevent the cases from going up but said that it’s much more difficult to continue to bring them down from whatever level they were originally at.

IMAGE – Stephen Donnelly (via Twitter)

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