Ireland is 'flattening the curve' - according to latest Covid-19 data
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Ireland is 'flattening the curve' - according to latest Covid-19 data

IRELAND is flattening the curve when it comes to the spread of coronavirus according to the latest health statistics.

Modelling data shows the country's rate of infection is 'flattening out', and we aren't on track for an unmitigated epidemic.

It looks as though containing the spread of Covid-19 is a very achievable goal, though health experts warn that the next seven days will be crucial in determining just how successfully Ireland is able to do this.

2,910 people now have Covid 19 here and 54 people have lost their lives, but the latest figure show the daily growth of cases has decreased from 33 to 15 per cent.

Professor Philip Nolan, who chairs the Covid-19 modelling advisory group, says we are making progress, but can't predict when the surge of cases will come.

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The National Public Health Emergency Team are meeting this morning to discuss if further travel measures and supports for nursing homes are needed.

Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan said: "We've seen a huge reduction in the amount of travel into the country.

"Anybody travelling onto the island from overseas subjects themselves to a 14-day self-quarantine period.

"And we'll keep the whole issue under review.

"We meet again as National Public Health Emergency Team and the question of measures in relation to travel within the island, trance onto the island, will be again on the agenda."

Dr Holohan added that restrictions on movement are unlikely to end fully on April 12, when their initial time limit runs out.

Leo Varadkar announced the restrictions on Friday during a live televised appearance, asking people to stay in their homes unless they work in essential services, exercise within 2km of their homes, care for family members, or to collect food or medicine.

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