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Philip Nolan warns ‘gust of wind in wrong direction’ and Ireland in ‘real trouble’ as R number between 0.6 and 1

Philip Nolan warns ‘gust of wind in wrong direction’ and Ireland in ‘real trouble’ as R number between 0.6 and 1

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A LEADING NPHET member has warned a “gust of wind in the wrong direction” and Ireland will be in “real trouble” after big case jumps yesterday and today.

Virus cases rose by 592 tonight and 631 yesterday has been steadily decreasing in previous days.

Philip Nolan warns ‘gust of wind in wrong direction’ and Ireland in ‘real trouble’ as R number between 0.6 and 1
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Professor Philip Nolan said health chiefs are concerned by latest data[/caption]

Philip Nolan warns ‘gust of wind in wrong direction’ and Ireland in ‘real trouble’ as R number between 0.6 and 1
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A box of Covid vaccines bound for Arranmore Island today[/caption]

However, Professor Philip Nolan said the increase of mobility at the start of last week with schools partially reopening and a higher number of people going to the workplace may have had an impact on the daily case counts.

He told the NPHET briefing tonight: “Up until Monday not only had we had a secular day-on-day decrease in cases but for the 10 or 15 days before Monday the rate at which the epidemic was decreasing had accelerated.

“Unfortunately, around the time that any increase of mobility at the start of last week might have had its impact ie yesterday, today.

“We’re seeing case numbers that are somewhat higher than we’d expect so I don’t want to overemphasize that.

“We’ve advised the public and we should take our own advice that we shouldn’t read too much into each day’s case count but at the same time put that alongside the obvious increase in mobility and the overall risks, we have to say to the public, we’re concerned.

“So if there has been any slippage in terms of adherence to public health advice, collectively we need to pull back from that brink.”

Professor Nolan said the R number has remained stable at 0.6 to 1 but warned we are “sailing very close to the wind”.

He said: “We are sailing very close to the wind here. We have been just below a reproduction number of 1 for some weeks now.

“The last couple of days emphasizes to me that a gust of wind in the wrong direction and we’re in real trouble.

“We’ve been doing really, really well in terms of suppressing the disease and when I see a threat to that suppression I think it’s important to share it and hopefully be proved wrong.”